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Country: GERMANY, ITALY, DENMARK
Language: German, French
Run Time: 102 minutes
Influenced by the Euro-thrillers of Michael Haneke, HUMAN FACTORS explores the power of perspective and the tendency to blame personal strife on outside forces. After a well-off, multilingual German family experiences a perplexing home invasion during what seems to be a routine getaway, the resulting tension begins to gnaw at the increasingly thin ties that bind them. The incident is repeatedly explored through each family member’s perspective, presenting overlapping scenes that often contradict or build upon one another. Piece by piece, a portrait of a disconnected family starts to appear. Director Ronny Trocker crafts a quiet, creeping atmosphere by pitting us against our own expectations and multiple versions of the truth. The camera effortlessly glides around each corner of the house, daring viewers to acknowledge every blind spot, as paranoia and mistrust set in. An experiment in nonlinear storytelling, HUMAN FACTORS is an intricately constructed web that scrutinizes bourgeois anxieties and the inherent biases present in all communication. (In French, Flemish, and German with subtitles) — D.O.
Content Warning: This film contains material that may be difficult for some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.
CIFF45 Streams On Demand
Thursday, April 08, 2021 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM
Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes
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