MIFF: When the Trees Fall



Young lovers Larysa and Scar want to run away together for a better life. Larysa's much younger cousin Vitka is also looking for an escape from the village.

"When the Trees Fall" is a fable-like drama that explores a number of themes with a beautiful eye for its rural setting. Blending social realism with bursts of imagination, there's a common motif that emerges from the mist and despair: to run away. Deft performances authentically portray the inner struggles of each character, with only the occasional descent into melodrama. Despite the excess and confusion, the tale remains intriguing until the very end. Fantastical Ukraine.

Anthony Macali

MIFF 2018
88 mins