Shot entirely in a studio, “Eye Ball” is a visual treat that signals a new director to be reckoned with in Norway’s Catrine Telle. Aided by Beate Grimsrud’s witty script, Telle has made a film that is funny, whimsical, charming, sad and — most important — totally unpredictable. Its offbeat story, unusual characters and stylized settings (kind of Kafka meets “Total Recall,” in a humorous way) signal some major fest exposure followed by some arthouse life.
Pic starts with young Denise (Laila Goody) waking up in hospital after being hit in the eye by a ball while playing soccer. She now starts to see everything in pairs and thinks of herself as the only one in the world who is single. As a result, Denise tries to cope with life, her relationship with her twin sisters (who naturally have twin lovers) and Erik (Bjornar Teigen), a young man she’s previously observed from a distance but who now occupies her thoughts more and more. The story of how Denise grows up, gets a job as an airport cleaner and finally manages to achieve a sense of herself is absurd, funny and moving. All tech credits are fine, with special mention to ace Swedish d.p. Peter Mokrosinski and the excellent, colorful art direction by Tine Schwab.