Matthew (University of Exeter)

Ivo Consi’s Dancing Day is a film that manages to communicate ideas of alienation and failure with a highly experimental narrative structure, but thanks to the vibrant imagery and engaging performances it never feels like a chore to watch. Dancing Day is a heavily ambiguous film; what I took from it is that the main character is trying to get in touch with something from his past that he just can’t get to grips with, but at the same time, anyone else could take a completely different meaning from the film, and that’s one of the things that makes it so engaging.  The narrative changes constantly, sometimes in a fluid motion, sometimes at a breakneck pace that leaves you feeling like the floor has been taken from under you, but it never loses a feeling of playfulness. Dancing Day is best experienced without expecting any kind of traditional story, just let the images wash over you and pick up meanings as they come along. As far as experimental cinema goes, the film is a treat, it leaves you with questions but never takes itself too seriously, a balance that’s hard to find. If you enjoy the freeform narrative approach of Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups or David Lynch’s INLAND EMPIRE, you’ll find much to appreciate in Dancing Day.