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Days of Gray2013

  • 3.8
It is a world without language. A world where one is raised to respect the rules. No things are owned except the essentials. All must wear masks when venturing from home. All adult males must protect society from outsiders who do not follow the rules. Faith is dead. Hope is dead. Joy is dead. Only one boy questions the verity of what he has been taught. He scavenges for lost objects from distant times, he shares warmth with his younger Sister, and he dares to befriend an outsider, the Girl. The Boy knows it is only a matter of time before he must become a hunter like his father, seeking and killing outsiders. He must decide whether to continue living in a society of fear or choose his own destiny.

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Excellent photography and grading. There's a empathy that the director develops between the viewer and the hero. In an age where sex and explosions sell, the development of such a bond without so much as a word spoken among characters is astonishing. It's well scored as well with a final vocalized track that invites emotional release.

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Excellent photography and grading. There's a empathy that the director develops between the viewer and the hero. In an age where sex and explosions sell, the development of such a bond without so much as a word spoken among characters is astonishing. It's well scored as well with a final vocalized track that invites emotional release.

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Revealing post-apocalyptic view that repeats ancient periods of history with enough insight into current technology to make it believable. The casting of Icelandic faces, the incredible landscape, the occasional switch to sepia, and the lack of spoken language combine to make it a piece of moving art. I could watch this film over and over again.

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Marvelously breathtaking film. The music is sparse but beautiful. The landscape is gorgeous. Just watch it!

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Dilja saves the day!!! the music sucks but it all works even though i don't like silent films_has some magic_beautiful cinematography

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Beautifully bleak.

A stark film where the landscape plays an integral part. It reminded me of growing up in the 40's and 50's when there was so much restraint, no one daring to break the image. Wondering to this day just how did people feel and coming to some painful conclusions. Some wonderful scenes with great acting, as when the boy felt the warmth of the geyser. Not all prisons have bars and chains.

There is a beauty and ominous starkness to the often-shown landscape, and the same contrast within the family and societal structures. It struck me how, whether intentionally or not, (or in solely my imagination) the film parallels the two; the people are as withdrawn as the flora and fauna around them. Within the young there is a yearning for more, a realization that the adults have made choices that restrict their freedom, and happiness. Essentially a silent film, although accompanied by an emotional, sometimes overly so I thought, score. However, the lack of dialogue was amply offset by technique and story. Well worth watching for most people, but a must-see for fans of post-apocalyptic film.