TIFF 2018 Review: “Ever After” (2018) ★★★

© KINDERFILM (Stefan Erhard)

How many apocalyptic horror movies do we need to see to realize how messed up we are? When I talk about being messed up, I don’t necessarily mean you and me, but rather those individuals who have enough power to decide what to do with our planets. Because at the end of the day, it would be naïve of us to think that at some point Mother Nature or any other unseen force would not want to clean up the mess we have created and destroy humanity for good as we are the most-known and most-damaging villains ever that do not deserve to walk on this earth.

A plague has descended upon earth. Only in two cities have people survived. In Weimar, the infected are killed immediately without even the slightest of attempts to cure them. In Jena, scientists are searching for a cure. Nobody is allowed to enter the cities for their own safety. Vivi has been kept inside a building for two years. Eva is a brave and uncompromising woman who might hesitate at first, but when necessary, can kill anyone who gets infected. Since the feeling of enough is enough becomes the sad reality, Eva and Vivi decide to escape the harsh Weimar for Jena, hoping that maybe there they can find their answers and solicit for what they look for so desperately. But as soon as they step outside of the safe zone, the two realize that this is not going to be an easy journey.

There are lots of movies about the apocalyptic world, people that turn into zombies, and how humanity slowly disappears. But what is refreshing in this German take is that, firstly, it has a feminine approach. No male character is seen around, unless they are hungry zombies. As it also explores human nature in the face of such a tragedy, the choice we make to save our own lives over our loved ones is proof that life is too sweet to be traded for someone else. Of course, that should not be the case. But it was in the instances you are about to see in “Ever After”.

In conclusion, Carolina Hellsgard’s “Ever After” offers much more than the basic apocalyptic civilization – constant deaths or just zombies running around. It tries to seek hard evidence why, perhaps, the planet is best left alone rather than letting people destroy it. That someday nature will claim what it feels rightly as its own and reserve the right to not share earth with anyone else. What, for example, do we learn from global warming or from any other natural disasters? That we must slow down a bit. Because if we don’t, a very strong force will do it for us. But of course, we don’t ever want that to happen… But when it does, the Earth will be the only one who will get the famous ending – happily ever after.

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