When I was at high school, long ago, I read the 1966 novel on which this movie is based: Nooit Meer Slapen (Never sleep again) by the late Dutch writer W.F. Hermans. The book read like a slow burner on existentialism and loneliness in the Norwegian wilderness.
I was pleasant surprised that this story was finally made into a movie.
Beyond Sleep leans heavily on close ups of leading man Reinout Scholten van Aschat who plays a young geologist searching for meteor impacts in Norway. He is beautiful with his green eyes and red beard. Scholten van Aschat is a real cinematographer's dream. The agony and anguish he has to play is inarticulate because he is a typical polite Dutch boy who doesn't complain easily.
Betrayal is the main topic. On screen there is a lot of controlled anger (that gives the movie a thriller element) and the counterpart of that, delusions and paranoid hallucinations. Fate and irony overwhelm the young geologist. The results of the expedition are the total opposite of the expectations.
A young man's mythical quest for a stone that fell from the sky. He searches, stumbles and suffers as he traverses the sadistic universe of Northern Europe. He only finds redemption on the very edge of madness. Based on the iconic Dutch novel 'Nooit meer slapen' by Willem Frederik Hermans.
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September 08, 2021 at 09:35 AM