Distant Tales: Review

Filmmaking has had to adapt over the past few years. With the restrictions of covid, people turned to Zoom to make their stories a reality and they did the best with what they could do. Whilst mostly unsuccessful with a few exceptions, it soon became clear that people didn’t want to watch films about people in lockdown whilst they were experiencing it themselves.

However, as things move on and although we are still not free of covid, stories are beginning to emerge which are relevant to how we were feeling at the time and perhaps how we still feel today. These stories tackling loneliness and isolation are something which we can all relate on some level, and perhaps now is the right time to talk about that shared experience.

Distant Tales is an anthology about different people living in an increasingly isolated time where it feels like the best way to communicate is at a distance. However, unfortunately this means that we can often feel the psychological effects such as loneliness even when we don’t realise it.

Taking many different experiences from different walks of life, Distant Tales puts together a varied look at life behind a computer screen. A man looking to find a romantic connection online, another attending an interview only to form a bond with his interviewer. Also, a woman conducting a drugs trial, contacting her patients to ensure their wellbeing and a man taken in by right wing media to which he feels is his only outlet.

Each of these stories show a wildly different perspective on life and for the most part they meet their expected intention. However, whilst most of the stories are done well and feel realistic, to put the first story where it is in the anthology may give the audience a false impression of it as a whole.

This is unfortunately because it seems to be there for shock value, which doesn’t reflect the rest of the film at all.

However, Distant Tales is a thoughtful anthology of morality tales and seem mostly told from a realistic perspective. Audiences may find something they had not thought about before and that helps to give Distant Tales the fully rounded story that it sets out to tell.

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