Bursting

Necessarily heavy yet well-made meller is worth a look-see from fests and cablers.

With:
With: Doro Mueggler, Kenneth Huber, Sonja Gruentzig, Gabriela Brand, Roberto Guerra, Maurin Schulthess.

Three strangers from the same Swiss village who lose loved ones at nearly the same moment grapple with the aftermath in necessarily heavy yet well-made meller “Bursting.” Sustaining the intensity of unchecked grief for an entire feature is a formidable task, one accomplished with confidence by thesp-turned-helmer Michael Finger and a game cast. Skedded for a fourth-quarter 2007 release, this item is worth a look-see from fests and cablers.

Farmer Leachim (Kenneth Huber) intensifies his abuse of wife Hanni (Gabriela Brand) after losing his father, while clenched medico Biela (Sonja Gruentzig) and newly single mom Elena (Doro Mueggler) find their relationships destabilized after losing children in a road accident and a stillbirth, respectively. Finger spreads the action among seasons, dissipating the gloomy mood where possible with aerial shots of nature that also suggest the relative insignificance of events in the big picture. Theme isn’t new, but can still pack a punch when done with skill. Tech credits are crisp. Helmer shows his hand with the closing credit-crawl tune, Abbey Lincoln’s “Throw it Away,” and its line of hope: “You can never lose a thing if it belongs to you.”

Bursting

Switzerland

Production: A Frenetic Films release of a Les Jeunes Toques production. (International sales: Les Jeunes Toques, Lichtensteig, Switzerland.) Produced by Prisca Aerne, Michael Finger. Directed, written by Michael Finger.

Crew: Camera (color), Tonio Krueger; editor, Roman Weber; music, Martin Ulrich; production designer, Daniela Mueller; costume designer, Denise Riss. Reviewed at Montreal World Film Festival (First Films World Competition), Aug. 30, 2007. Original title: Bersten. Swiss German dialogue. Running time: 84 MIN.

With: With: Doro Mueggler, Kenneth Huber, Sonja Gruentzig, Gabriela Brand, Roberto Guerra, Maurin Schulthess.

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