Kyle Cubr reviews “Jupiter’s Moon” in Cine-File Chicago

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In his first film since 2014’s exquisite WHITE GOD, director Kornél Mundruczó crafts another gripping tale of inclusion, exclusion, and fantasy with JUPITER’S MOON. Aryan (Zsombor Jéger) is a Syrian refugee making his way from Serbia to Hungary with his father and a host of others. When they are stopped by border patrol, Aryan is separated from his father and shot by an agent only to immediately return from the dead with the ability to fly. Gabor Stern (Merab Ninidze), a doctor whose past still haunts him, discovers Aryan in a refugee camp and decides to use Aryan’s newfound ability to make money off those in need, who dub him a fallen angel. The most fascinating element in this film is the clever camera movement. Its free-floating characteristics allow the viewer to follow Aryan as he moves around in the air and to provide interesting perspective to those beneath. It was as if the audience was the proverbial fly on the wall and able to soak in the action from dynamic viewpoints. As for the story, strong biblical motifs are present throughout but Mundruczó’s rather philosophical approach to these prevents the film from getting too preachy with its message. “Everyone lives horizontally in their world. Sometimes they forget to look up,” exclaims Stern at one point. JUPITER’S MOON’s uniting of cultures from many walks of life makes for a grounded, yet poignant film.

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