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Ajyal Film Review: ‘Finn’

Dec 04, 2014

By: Kummam (Kemz) Al Maadeed, www.kemzmovies.com

The enchanting tale of Finn, a boy who discovers the magic of music when he stumbles upon a deserted farmhouse near his home, where he finds an old man, Luuk, moving in. On Finn’s second visit to the house, Luuk plays his violin and the boy is immediately hooked ¬– especially since the melody of the violin somehow brings about a vivid vision of Finn’s deceased mother right in front of him.

‘Finn’ can be described with just one word: beautiful. This is clear from the opening titles, which feature an enchanting snow globe (one I would love to own, btw!). And since it’s a movie about a violin, it’s no surprise that the soundtrack is captivating.

The choices of colours between the cast’s clothing and the background – whether it’s forest, Finn’s school or Luuk’s old house – is so appealing, it made me feel I was looking at well-crafted photographs from an artistic catalogue. It’s that, the music and the beautiful cinematography that really delivers the message and feeling of the film.

The plot is compelling as well, as it looks at Finn’s bond with his father, his longing for his mother, and desire to be at peace with the past. It is interesting to see that when Finn wants to learn to play the violin, his dad stops him when he learns that Luuk is his teacher; no matter how many times Finn asks him why, his dad will not give him a proper answer. The film reminds us that kids can handle and understand more than we think they can.

‘Finn’ is a great film for the whole family. It is artistic and magical, and you just won’t be able to resist its spell. ‘Finn’ screens at the Ajyal Youth Film Festival on at 4:30 PM on Thursday, 4 December at the Katara Opera House (K16-OH) and at 11:00 AM on Saturday, 6 December, at Katara 12 Theatre B (K12-B).

For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

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