THINGS OF THE AIMLESS WANDERER
“To be absolutely mesmerized by a film, I mean totally transfixed, is a rare happening in cinema, but should be the norm, right? Rwandan director Kivu Ruhorahoza’s Things Of The Aimless Wanderer is just such a film. Spectacular and ambitious in all its working parts, it catapults cutting-edge African cinema onto the world stage with the intensity of a new religion. “
The second feature film by Director Kivu Ruhorahoz, sounds much more in my wheelhouse than the synopsis of his first film. While his first film, GREY MATTER, is a bit of a psuedo-documentary dealing with the raw wounds of the recent Rwandian genocide through a movie in a movie structure, it is understandably bleak; and as such, by its very nature… an ordeal.
And I, personally can not watch a movie about a real life ordeal, without it being an ordeal. And while I understand it is a completely valid form of cinema, and a necessary one, it is just not a form of cinema that I gravitate toward. I want more out of my cinema, than the bleak.
By all reports THINGS OF THE AIMLESS WANDERER has that wider perspective. A rashomon tinged treatise that looks with an elegaic and surreal eye, on sins of colonialism past and present.
So if being shown at a theater near you, give it a look.