One of the Milwaukee Film Festival 's programs is Cinema Hooligante, which includes some of the most graphic, crazy, perverse midnight films one can imagine. Monday, Oct. 7 The Oriental Theatre held the final screening of Cinema Hooligante film "Vanishing Waves" at 10:30 p.m.
"Vanishing Waves" is a science fiction romance/thriller about Lukas who works with experimenters to connect with a comatose person's subconscious. Lukas is under strict instructions not to interact with the subject and the personal details of the comatose subject is kept entirely confidential to keep him unbiased in his reports. However, when Lukas encounters the subject, Aurora, in her subconscious, he can't help but interacting with her. This independent, secretive experiment soon affects his personal life and relationships as he gets lost deeper and deeper in the dreamlike world of Aurora's subconscious.
Kristina Buozyt's science fiction film provides the viewer with an extremely surreal experience, strongly aligning the audience with Lukas as he has new and inexplicable experiences in someone else's subconscious. Lukas's dreamlike journeys into Aurora's private world become increasingly detailed and soon the lines between dreams and reality become blurred. "Vanishing Waves" provides a new and unusual world for both the characters and the audience, that one rarely has the opportunity to experience in cinema.
"Vanishing Waves" is a cinematic journey with minimal dialogue to guide the viewer. Writers Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper provide the viewer just enough to get some context, while letting the visuals and actions tell the rest of the story. In this way, the audience is, again, connected with Lukas in what information he's given going into the experience. The composition and graphics make "Vanishing Waves" a very visual experience, allowing the audience to fill in the gaps and come to know the narrative through what they're shown rather than told. Everything from the graphics to the set to the sound of the film evokes strong feelings in the viewer, leading them to understand the film through more than dialogue.
Although "Vanishing Waves" provides the audience with what they need in order to connect with the protagonist and come to an understanding of the scenes, the film is still incredibly unpredictable. Both the protagonist and the comatose Aurora develop and become increasingly more complicated as the film progresses, making their actions unexpected and shocking. Slowly secrets reveal themselves and experiences change characters, and as Lukas longs for Aurora and he gets more comfortable in her subconscious, the audience can't suspect how events will play out.
While "Vanishing Waves" may be a bit too surreal for some, it creates a new dreamlike world of escapism for the protagonist and audience alike in a way that keeps viewers guessing. It becomes a combination of "Inception" (2010), "Brazil" (1985), and a surrealistic dream turned nightmare that is both visually stunning and psychologically captivating.
For more information on "Vanishing Waves", visit http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2208216/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1. For more information about The Milwaukee Film Festival, visit http://mkefilm.org.