Based on a sci-fi short story by J.G. Ballard, “Low-Flying Aircraft” is a good-looking, low-budget thriller by Swedish-born helmer Solveig Nordlund (“Comedia infantil”) with an unsettling, Big Brother theme. By efficiently using a rundown hotel on the coast of Portugal, Nordlund has created a bleak picture of how the world may look in years to come. With limited theatrical potential, pic is primarily of interest to TV stations looking for offbeat product.
In a Europe of the near future, few people are still alive, and countries with too few inhabitants (like Sweden) are classified as “closed.” The decline in population is a result of few women managing to become pregnant. Those that do have mutant kids and, as a result, the authorities force most pregnant women to have abortions. Judith (Margarida Marinho) has gone through six abortions, and is now pregnant again; this time, she decides she’s going to have her baby, in secret, with the help of her husband, Richard (Miguel Guilherme), who takes her to a seaside town, where they hope for assistance from a mysterious doctor.