25 November 2018 | mg-soikkeli
Slow, taciturn film about individual responsibility
Easy to watch, hard to digest. "Styx" is a good and soft-voiced political film, but maybe too long for its simple message about individual responsibility.
Or maybe there's just too much message and too little drama in this film. It has a great analogy of Europe as naval crisis between an immigrant boat, a private boat and coastal guard. The grand political scenario of immigrant politics is dramatized in scale of two boats. If you get a mayday message on sea then it is the kind of situation where you must help anyone in need. But the lonely sailor (Susanne Wolff) of the private boat must decide how long will she use her own small boat and believe in her own devotion (she's a doctor) to help +300 immigrants in a sinking boat miles away from African west coast.
The basis for this contemporary drama is much better than the dramatic outcome. The story is cut short, just the way it might have gone, to be as blunt as the migration politics in Europe. There's not much left for atmosphere or character building. The setup for central scene is much more interesting than the proper scene with conflicts between different types of floating powers (literally).
If you like to get more metaphors or thoughts to consider about European politics at Mediterranean, you may want to see Fire at Sea (2016) by Gianfranco Rosi.