Rasmussen’s consideration of one man’s journey sheds light on the emotional legacy that can linger even after sanctuary is found.
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Flee is a remarkably humanising and complex film, expanding and expounding the kind of story that’s too easily simplified.
It's a powerful and poetic memoir of personal struggle and self-discovery that expands the definition of documentary.
Flee becomes his cinematic catharsis, as Amin recounts his journey in fits and starts, while the animation turns his memories into a bracing adventure that doubles as modern history.
To say it’s a stellar feat of cinema is something of an understatement.
Blurring traditional boundaries of documentary with rich, beautiful animation in many shades and colours, the Danish director has a great deal invested in telling this story.
Through a bracing pastiche of methods, we are taken on a harrowing journey that must have A-list directors, this very minute clamoring for option rights. It is beautiful and gripping; Flee is a must-see.
In the end, however we take Amin’s story, the film is an incredibly intimate act of sharing. The question shouldn’t be whether we can trust Amin, but whether he can trust us enough to reveal himself fully. Truth be told, we don’t need to see or know everything to respect the gift of hearing all that he’s been through.
Never extraneous, Flee’s smaller details make this true-life story buzz with life.