| Editor, The New York Latern

From the looks of it, 2015 is going to be a great year for film. Last year brought some big players out on the indie movie front, most notably Linklater with his masterpiece — twelve years in the making —  Boyhood. It was Boyhood that was on my mind as I screened a powerful indie called MEDEAS.

MEDEAS is a beautifully shot and poignant parable of family, passion, and betrayal, and it needs to be added to the important films you see this year.

You may not have heard about it yet but I bet you will. MEDEAS is a beautifully shot and poignant parable of family, passion, and betrayal, and it needs to be added to the important films you see this year.

Don’t get me wrong, first time director of MEDEASAndrea Pallaoro is not a Linklater knockoff and there are massive differences in these films but there are several elements in both that warrant me making the comparison. Have a look at this trailer for MEDEAS.

6 Reasons Why MEDEAS  Could Be 2015’sBoyhood



Strong Young Characters

Ellar Coltrane, and Lorelei Linklater gave amazingly realistic performances inBoyhood. You wonder maybe they were just being themselves, but that’s exactly how you feel when you see the kids from Medeas. A ton of movies label kid characters as just the dumb, naïve chrildren or one’s voicing adult writing. These actors give you the complexities and nuances of the child mind. It’s as if you can see their thoughts right on screen. There was no over acting here, and it almost seemed too easy for them. They gave natural, and genuine performances. Mary Mouser, and Maxim Knight are two young actors to keep your eye on for the future.


True 35mm Film

Both MEDEAS and Boyhood are actually shot on 35mm film! I know it’s surprising considering the time, money, and risk involved using film today. While the reasons for the use of film might have been different, both directors admit to favoring the look, feel, and consistency of the film negative. With the ever-evolving equipment involved in filmmaking, Linklater needed a format to shoot on that would be consistent over the years, while Pallaoro says he chose 35mm for more stylistic reasons.


The Family Unit

Both movies revolve in and round the family unit. Boyhood, had its focus on Ellar Contrane’s character, but we could see ourselves relating to any character in that film.Medeas is no different. It’s never about just one character. You get to feel out each family member and how they feel about themselves and the family dynamic.

The Performances

We all are aware of the acting that blew everyone away in Boyhood, the performances of the cast in MEDEAS are nothing short of superb. Academy Award Nominated Catalina Sandino Moreno, Tony Award winner, Emmy Nominated
Brían F. O’Byrne provide well-rounded characters with depth. Both films feature sparse dialogue, that, when used, cuts deep.


Observational Narrative

Linklater was actually asked where he found the family that appeared in Boyhood. As funny as it seems, when you look at this film, the line between narrative and documentary definitely blur. You feel like you’re watching actual events, and this is no different forMedeas. While it is a narrative, Medeas gives you such a scary realistic view of what an actual family could be going through. You’re casually witnessing the day-to-day details and suddenly find yourself embroiled in their life for the duration of the film.


Reflection of Self

Sometimes movies are there to entertain, take you out of your world, let you forget the stress, or whatever aggravation you have going on for that short hour and a half timespan.Boyhood doesn’t do this. Medeas doesn’t do this either. Both of these films are in your face, and make you take a strong look at your life. You find yourself wanting to reach into the screen and help the characters make better life choices. The performances draw you in, and then make you face a reality that could be a piece of yours, maybe your past, or perhaps a frightening future.

January 16-22 Village East Cinema
189 2nd Ave Between 11th and 12th
Q&A with director and Catalina Sandino Moreno
Opening night, after 7pm showing