Ága is a well acted drama about Nannok and Sedna, a couple who chose to stay behind in the snow covered fields of the north, after their grown up children fly the nest to chase opportunity. They stayed even though they appear to be the only people remaining in a place where the ice has been melting earlier every year and hunting for food has become more and more difficult.
Ága is an interesting and well shot story about family, forgiveness and a changing way of life. Changes due in large part to environmental factors.
Even though some shots felt as though they lasted a tad too long for my tastes, I liked the way Lazarov’s movie showed the seemingly monotonous day-to-day of Nannok and Sedna’s lives. Their closeness and the reality of being so vulnerable to the elements, while being very dependent on each other for survival was more engaging than expected. This is likely in some part because of the sense throughout most of the film, that there’s a t least one largely unspoken tension between the pair. Tensions with rather well executed pay-offs.
Additionally, bearing in mind the absence of vibrant colours and the seemingly endless fields of white snow, thanks to the the talented cast, the editing, framing, cinematography, etc., I wasn’t as bored as I feared I might be. In fact, I mostly found beauty in the endless snow fields, which, at some points felt, dare I say, meditative.
Give Ága a chance for a little something different and beautiful. Just don’t do it though if you’re already kind f tired. Especially since there’ll definitely be no arguments, explosions or very loud noises to wake you up.
Happy Film Loving