The Unspeakable Challenge: Day 26, Movie 26
A young man searches for his father, who had been a medic after the Second World War, who has gone missing in Germany. On his arrival, he finds an old man who once knew his father. Armin Pierske (Michael Kausch) tells him a tale of what happened to the now blasted farmland in the year leading up to the war: a strange meteorite, with stranger properties, fell to earth and blighted the land with a strange malevolence. Crops grew large, but rotten, and his neighbours, the Garteners became oddly afflicted…
Die Farbe, directed by Huan Vu as an adaptation of HP Lovecraft’s “The Colour Out Of Space” is shot in sumptuous black and white, with nods to German Expressionism in several places. As an adaptation, the shift in local from the States to Germany works very well. There is something about the German language with really fits the telling of the tale, and more of Lovecraft’s works should be filmed in German. It’s almost a perfect lyrical match. The acting is pretty much dead on: Michael Kausch is great as the old Pierske, and they’ve cast his younger self extremely well in Marco Leibnitz.
Together they provide a perfect narrator to the story. The Gartener family is likewise extremely well cast, from the mother who goes insane (Marah Schneider) to the father, Nahum (Eric Rastetter) trying to keep his family together in the face of a calamity. These characters really make the story, giving real gravitas to the proceedings.
The special effects are minimal, but when they turn up, they pack a punch: the manifestation of “the colour” is particularly effective, and Vu manages to impart a sense of menace from the moment it arrives.Tweet