Most of the films we have seen in recent years about the situation of migrant and refugee in Europe are gritty, often heart-breaking dramas and documentaries. “Limbo,” written and directed by Ben Sharock, a brutally talented filmmaker, takes a trivial, poetic and often funny approach. And it is both heartbreaking and heartbreaking.
Amir el-Massey plays the role of a young Syrian man seeking asylum in Britain. He and a group of other male refugees are deposited on a remote Scottish island while their applications are processed. How remote? The opening scene of the film shows Omar in a phone booth talking to his mother, as some other men wait for him to finish their conversation. They all have cellphones, but no bars. (The film was shot in outdoor hebrides.)
However, the “Cultural Awareness” classes are taught by two comic stiled instructors, who dance (in Hot Chocolate Song) to perform social dos and donuts while interacting with the women of Europe.
Omar’s system is multi-layered. In his motherland he was a famous musician, a player of oodles, a type of lattoo. So was her father, who is now in Istanbul with Omar’s mother, and playing in the street for a change. Omar did not touch his instrument because he had a hand in an artist since he left his homeland. When the cast descends, he tunes in with his loudness, and worries that it’s not right.
It’s not like he doesn’t have boosters. One of his housewives, a partner with two staunch interests, Farhad (Vikash Bhai), whom the chickens and Freddie Mercury propose to be their manager, and attempts to book them “an evening of Syrian music”.
One of Omar’s comrades said, “They tried to penetrate and break us anywhere here.” But there are other factors that stress Omar. His brother left behind in Syria to fight in his civil war. His parents drag him one way and the other in conversation. Omar walks long, aimless, will not play loudly. Flat green fields and large open skies make up its shape (the film is mostly presented in a boxy aspect ratio) so that its separation remains constant.
If you have spent any time in the Scottish Islands, then you know that they are places where time still takes place. The establishment here constitutes a powerful metaphor for the plight of the hero. With a pleasing bit of cinematic slime-of-hand, the film grows into more detail after Omar is determined to expand his horizons.
Rated R for language. Running Time: 1 hour 43 minutes. in Theaters. Please consult guidance Outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before watching movies inside theaters.