Synopsis by Jonathan Crow
Dutch director Ineke Smits spins this quietly affecting film about the power of story telling. Every week, a son visits his father living on a small flat island in the North Sea. Surrounded by the endless horizon of the ocean, the two spend much of the day on the beach. The son listens in rapt fascination as the father tells him tall tales from the magical land of Magonia. In one, a woman who cares for a elderly Muslim crier falls in love with one of his young apprentices. In another, an unhappy couple meets an old man accompanied by an older man, sparking renew warm in the couple's marriage. And the final tale concerns a woman waiting in a harbor for her lover to return after a particularly vicious gale. As the father tells these stories, the son begins to see his father's frailties and passions. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.
beach, dreams, eccentric, escapism, father, island, passion, son, storytelling, understanding