Thursday, May 3, 2007


SFiFF2007 - Sound of Sand (Si le vent soulève les sables)

Sounds of Sand (Si le vent soulève les sables) "Sounds of Sand" (Si le vent soulève les sables, France 2006, 96 min., shown at the 50th SFiFF) tells a family's extraordinary quest for survival.

Rahne's family live in a small village in East Africa, where water is drying out quickly. In order to survive, Rahne, his wife Mouna, and their three young children begin their journey to the Northwest searching for water. Along the path, the scorching sun and endless desert are not the only enemy they must face. However, they are determined to go on, searching for water, and to live.

For me, watching the family marching on foot under the unbearable condition is almost as hard as how the characters are suffering in the movie. The film is astonishingly beautiful, yet profoundly sad. Although the breathtaking landscapes are just as gorgeous as in National Geographic, they are the worst enemy to the family.

I am captivated by their amazing journey but I never figure out where the lead character Rahne gathers his strength to maintain his strong will to go on and to live. He becomes numb to the tragic incidents around him. All he wants to do is to keep going. But why? What does Rahne keep going for? Even his daughter asks him that question, but there is no answer from this film.

I really hated the ending of this film, but I still appreciate the opportunity to witness Rahne's family's existence and their struggle to survive, even just on the big screen.


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