“Our instrumental part in the symphony of life is to allow love to create a space within our own awareness, through which the undreamed mystery may emerge as a knowable reality.”
-Eric Micha’el Leventhal
Maria Juranic’s A Feast that Never Comes is a tale of Investigation, interrogation and introspection. In the movie, the characters go through cycles within cycles of inertia, movement, desire, and betrayal. The movie is a tale that peers deep into our minds and makes us aware of the world of pain and struggle we live in. The narrative of the movie questions the traditional structural settings and gives wings to a new form of storytelling. It is commendable how Maria incorporates music and dance as her tool to speak out and portray her story. The name of the movie plays a crucial part as it leaves a hint at what could never be present in our four protagonists’ lives. The characters here embark on a journey that goes in a cyclical way, a never ending process of repetition. The movie stands as an examination of technology’s effects on everything that we see around us, From our understanding of self and others to communication, mental health, digital outrage, public and private presentation, and cycles of abuse. The movie is held strongly with the help of the beautiful dance choreography and the deep words penned by Sven Britt. The words are strong and resonating. Their universality is so great that the lyrics of this movie strike an instant connection and demands full attention from the audience. The choreography is well coordinated and it increases the aesthetics of each frame.
The colors play a significant role in the movie. The palette of the movie is colorful and vibrant, and the frames remind us of the layers of the human mind. The color white dominates most of the screen and it stands for purity and serenity. The movie is like poetry whose every frame is crafted and curated with great attention to detail.
The movie focuses on interpersonal relationships and their ever changing nature.
Maria has a sharp eye for detailing, and she does an impeccable job as the director. John Raffles Durbin, Kayla Farrish, Nico Li and Paul Vickers portray the four central characters. Their body language and mannerism make the film complete, compact and moreover, and aesthetically pleasing. It is extremely difficult to create films solely based on dancing and Maria successfully accomplishes that.
A Feast that Never Comes is important as a documentation of human emotions and its sensible portrayal.