Film Review: Lilt

Pace is an important aspect to any film, and one that can make or break it’s effectiveness, however it is also something that can be played with and manipulated to create something unusual and intriguing. This is what we find with Lilt.

The film opens with dramatic orchestral music. Heavy and fast. Despite this the imagery and narrative we are offered is slow burner that focuses on relationships and interactions rather than what we may expect from the soundtrack. It’s a tricky tool to use, as it is all too easy for the soundtrack to juxtapose the narrative and cause it to jar, yet in this instance it works. It displays the female protagonists inner frustration and confusion whilst on the outside she is calm and sedate.

Imagery plays an important part within the film, and despite having minimal locations they are used to great effect. The background imagery of a dance class showing unified movements along with the art class studio interspersing the story with images of art being created offer an interesting contrast to the dialogue.

The dialogue is carefully constructed. Whilst not being believable in terms of everyday conversations, it’s flowing poetry make it suitable for this context. IT is well delivered and words appear to be chosen carefully to portray the point whilst remaining quite beautiful.

The film is simple in it’s construct, yet effective. It is well edited and directed which gives it a feeling of ease and simplicity whilst remaining intriguing and clever. An interesting film that explores the intricacies of relationships, especially those that are unrequited, and the effect that can have on an individual.