Limbus – by Michael Philipp
In war, beside life, you lose first of all yourself
20 – 25 | 2016 | Drama | Live-Action | Switzerland | War
1918, the First World War is over, two soldiers can finally make their way home. They survived, but their mind is weighed down by four years of life at the front, away from home and affections. A picture, a memory, a letter have been for years the only promise of a future normality.
Limbus, the short film written and directed by Michael Phlipp (born in 1968 in Jerusalem, Israel, and German citizenship, since 1994 graphic designer and art director, from 2008 independent filmmaker and motion designer), describes the state of “limbo” in which the existence of one of the two veterans falls. Normality no longer exists, only fragments remain. To underline it are the shots and gestures of a man, now elderly, who has stopped looking for a reason and tries to make peace with his own experience.
Be survived the war was not the preamble of a happy life. Everything is uncertain and that space between hell, war, and normality, becomes a trap from which it is difficult to get out. Only with the years it’s possible to try the balance with the past.
Limbus has a beautiful photography and the cuts of the shots that, in the part dedicated to the old soldier, never include the subject in full. The hands that rearrange old photographs, lips that tell, an eye, an ear. Cuts, wounds, of a man who, like many others, in war has lost himself.comments powered by Disqus