Senki (Shadows) (Milcho Manchevski, 2007)
Senki was Macedonia’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2007. It didn’t get nominated, although that’s the year the Academy infamously passed over 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days as well. Not that this movie is anything close to 4/3/2, but it’s an interesting, if kind of derivative of Japanese New Horror, flick that combines the American TV series ER with Ring and its ilk to come up with something that you will at least not regret watching.
Lazar Perkov (The Border Post‘s Borce Nacev) is a doctor who, at the beginning of the movie, is involved in a very nasty car accident—one of those “if your head had been a couple of inches the other way you’d be dead” kinds of things. But he survives, and attempts to move on with his life. The only problem is, he’s starting to see weird things, things that no one else can see. Being a doctor, he suspects some sort of brain injury, but is it? Or could it be something more?
The film plays out less like a horror movie than it does a drama with mystery elements and the occasional touch of horror. And as long as you know that’s what you’re in for—that things will not be blowing up every five minutes and long-haired Japanese ghosts aren’t going to be crawling out of televisions—then you can probably sit back and enjoy this one for the leisurely-paced drama/mystery that it is. (Note: you may not even consider it a mystery, depending on how much attention you’re paying to early scenes; the entire “mystery” angle is explained in the first fifteen minutes or so, and even if you know all the answers, it’s still a pretty good drama.) Oscar-worthy? Not really. But not awful, either. ** ½
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