The Island: Cannes 2011 Review
Ambitions outweigh accomplishments in director Kamen Kalev's offbeat thriller about a couple's trip to Bulgaria.
For his sophomore effort, Bulgarian director Kamen Kalev returns to the Directors’ Fortnight with The Island, a film that’s as far from his gritty debut, Eastern Plays, as can be imagined. Part amour fou two-hander, part offbeat psycho-spiritual thriller, its ambitions wind up far outweighing its accomplishments, though an alluring performance from lead Thure Lindhardt could bolster Euro arthouse play.
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