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longsata Jul 16 '17
The Human Surge is ambitious in intent, and recently earned a prize with the Locarno film festival. When it (finally) ends, it can leave behind ideas worth pondering xmovie8 . But, to me, there's exasperating in how it withholds the pleasures of film looking at the audience, allowing extended periods to unfold without lighting and semi-audible dialogue. It could be that the director has fallen beneath the hazardous influence of Pedro Costa, that supremely challenging auteur.

The film is about the apparent instant globalised contact provided by the web, but suggests that the net is just another commodity unavailable to developing nations, and this young people, the “digital natives” whose identities are inextricably linked to the net, certainly are a universal underclass: digital serfs.

Thomas (newcomer Tim Kalkhof), the baker from the title, is definitely a aloof person with apparently zero friends and family in Berlin. How this emotionally distant loner ever were able to become the lover of married Israeli businessman Oren (Roy Miller), that's in the German capital one or more times a month, is conveniently lost in a ellipsis. What's also lost is any idea with the passion or depth of feeling the duo shared; Graizer fades to black could the two men's lips have touched inside film's single same-sex kiss as well as their bond isn't explored further until an unprompted and extremely short flashback much later.

After learning that Oren has died vehicle accident, Thomas travels to Jerusalem on the one-way ticket (what the results are to his coffee-and-cake shop in Berlin, that they seemed to run using his own, is not explained - can he afford to just close it for the indefinite time?). Thomas knew about Oren's wife, Anat (Sarah Adler), and kid son, and even though he doesn't speak Hebrew and is also German, Anat, who may have no idea who Thomas is, hires him to figure at her coffee bar (About the only thing we thus learn about Oren is always that he clearly experienced a cafe-owner fetish.) Here, too, you will find questions of logic that do not add up: Thomas' baking skills will assist make the initially frequently empty cafe profitable, in case business wasn't going so well when Thomas appeared for my child doorstep, why would Anat hire anyone, especially because she doesn't yet are aware that Thomas is an excellent pastry chef?