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|Laufzeit:||Approx. 107 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
For the young molecular biologist Dr. Ian Gray (Michael Pitt) there is nothing more fascinating than the eye. Therefore, in his studies he also deals with a theory about the evolution of the eye and does not miss an opportunity to take pictures of the eyes of his fellow men. When he meets a mysterious young woman (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) at a party, of whom he only sees the eyes, he is immediately fascinated by her very special uniqueness. A short moment of passion arises and the paths of the two separate again. But fate brings them together again and directs Ian's life in an unexpected direction. This also influences his research, which he conducts together with his laboratory partner Karen (Brit Marling). How much, this will only show up many years and a heavy blow of fate later…
"I Origins" is after the celebrated drama "Another Earth" the second feature film by director Mike Cahill, in which Brit Marling played the leading role. But the renewed collaboration with Marling is not the only parallel between his two feature films. Both works have an almost hypnotic visual language in common, which creates a very special, fascinating atmosphere. This is difficult to put into words, but makes sure that the very unagitated staging is extremely stirring and captivating despite its rather slow pace. In addition, both films deal with very spiritual questions, which are wrapped up in somewhat unconventional love stories.
If "Another Earth" was about guilt, forgiveness and second chances, "I Origins" takes the eye as a window to the soul. The centuries-old dispute between religion and science is carried out here on a very touching level. While the first half of the film is rather straightforward and focuses on Ian's scientific work, after a very dramatic caesura the whole thing takes an unexpected turn for the actually very rational Ian. Cahill leaves it up to the spectators whether they want to believe in the rebirth of the soul or not. But what he makes clear is that one should also open one's mind to things that cannot be explained scientifically. Because sometimes you don't find necessary answers or consolation in rationality.
The very withdrawn play by Michael Pitt, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey and Brit Marling fits perfectly into the spherical staging and makes "I Origins" a very intense, beautiful daydream, which might also be a challenge for some viewers. Cahill indulges in slowness, in allusions and in his meaningful images. What may seem very appealing for lovers of artistic arthouse cinema can degenerate into pretentious boredom for others. Here you have to get involved not only in the tempo, but also in the somewhat esoteric message. Because then "I Origins" is a deeply moving love story, which continues to have an effect long after its end and inspires intensive reflection. A nice, well played and elegantly staged work, which at least for friends of American independent cinema deserves a clear "worth seeing"!
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