LAFF: Tower. A Bright Day. Review

Tower. A Bright Day. Theatrical Poster

At seemingly most every film festival, there comes a film from Europe that is so eerie and so weird that you can’t help but curious about it. After all, the unknown can be an exhilarating thing. Sometimes the film is amazing while other times the film is too weird.

Tower. A Bright Day. falls under the latter category. The film is so slow and so artistically weird that it’s almost not worth the hour and forty-five minutes of your life.

Tower. A Bright Day. follows Mula, a woman who has been taking care of her sister child since she was a baby. However, when Kaja returns to the family, some weird things begin to happen to the family.

Tower. A Bright Day.

Tower. A Bright Day. is a film that is excruciatingly slow. For almost half the film, nothing too exciting or eventful happens. Essentially, the only thing that really happens is seeing the family interact with each other during their everyday lives. It feels as if you’re just a guest at their family get-together. Not to mention that this family is so incredibly bland that it makes the film feel that much longer. The film tries to establish a sort of discord between the family but it’s nothing that’s attention-grabbing.

Be that as it may, there is some slightly creepy imagery that occurs between each day but these happen far in between. Also, Kaja’s behavior is erratic and extremely weird in the film. As a result, she’s easily the most interesting character in the film. Because not only is she the one responsible for the Tower’s creepiness but she’s the only character that you want to see more of. The mystery behind Kaja’s behavior is essentially what drives the film. It’s the sole reason why you would want to invest an hour and forty-five minutes of your life to the film.

Tower. A Bright Day.

At the same time, the film plays with your head a little bit too. It poses the question of whether or not this is really real or if this is simply just Mula’s paranoia. There’s plenty of evidence to support both sides but you won’t truly figure it out until the very end. Unfortunately, nothing in this film makes sense. It’s just really weird from beginning to end.

Regardless, there are some emotional elements to the film too. Seeing Mula struggle with the idea that Kaja will take her daughter back is a bit emotional. Especially because of the fact that Mula took care of Nina for many years. So it’s understandable that she would want to claim Nina as her own.

Anna Krotoska is great as Mula. Not only is she able to give an emotional performance but she’s able to say even more through her facial expressions. Her performance is the sole reason why we partially believe that Mula is paranoid.

Malgorzata Szczerbowska is such a creepy delight as Kaja. She doesn’t have a prototypical creepy look but her mannerisms and behavior are all incredibly eerie. It only makes sense because she barely has any lines in the film.

Overall, Tower. A Bright Day. is an extremely weird, slow, and creepy film from beginning to end. The film takes its sweet time building up the mystery but in the end, you still have no idea what’s going on. It’s a sophisticated and artistic film that’ll definitely be a hit with a particular set of people.

Rating: 2/5 atoms

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