Human Flowers of Flesh

Helena Wittmann’s cinema is attuned above all to the odd interplays between individuals and nature. Swapping out the crisp digital of her sensational 2017 debut Drift for hazy 16mm, Human Flowers of Flesh operates according to its own deliberate rhythms, charting its heroine’s journey in the Mediterranean before reaching an enigmatic conclusion deliberately invoking Claire Denis’s seminal Beau Travail. Notably comprised of an international ensemble cast led by Greek actress Angeliki Papoulia, the quietly grand scope of the film suggests an ever-expanding view of the world as prescribed by the sea, never resting and always mystifying in the particular manner that Wittmann excels at.