Saturday, March 08, 2014

Ghost Train / Kummitusjuna

Tampere Film Festival. National Competition 10

Original in English.

Finland 2013
Fiction | 17 min

Director: Lee Cronin
Kerran vuodessa toisistaan vieraantuneet veljekset Michael ja Peter tekevät vastentahtoisen matkan hylätylle huvipuistoalueelle muistamaan ystäväänsä, joka katosi siellä. Tällä kertaa Michaelilla on salaisuus tunnustettavanaan.
Once a year, estranged brothers Michael and Peter make a reluctant pilgrimage to the old fairground where their Sam went missing three decades ago. This time, Michael has a secret to confess

AA: A Gothic tale in two time dimensions: the present and the past thirty years ago. The guys might be forty now, they were ten then. Michael: "I'm leaving the country, with my family to Finland." Peter is an alcoholic. Peter was hitting the skull at the entrance, and the ghost train took Sam to who knows where. Sam's fifty pence: never put it in.

The coin still has an effect. There is the sound of the ghost train. A pale hand appears, a monster emerges. It is Sam, ghostly, eyes closed, black-eyed. He hits Michael. He slashes Peter. Flashback to childhood: the camera rises to an immense long shot of the three guys running away on a field.

Shot on location in Donadea Forest Park Co. Kildare.

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