TIFF 2019 Film Review: “Entwined” (2019) ★★★

Isolation and love – both in their own ways can bring harm to a human being. It will deliver guilty pleasure to something unusual that is beyond our understanding. Watching “Entwined” from director Minos Nikolakakis is like a gift from a master which once we get, we won’t know what to do or how to play with it.

“Entwined” is a fantasy film that revolves around the city doctor, Panos (Prometheus Aleifer) who makes a lifechanging decision to relocate to a remote village, Alyti, to become the village’s first doctor ever. After meeting young and beautiful Danae (Anastasia Rafaella Konidi) who lives in isolation, the man swiftly falls for her. He, after realizing her strange physical condition in which her skin resembled tree bark, becomes determined to find a cure for her. As he tries to figure out what to do, by the time when he crosses the boundaries between sanity and insanity, he himself will have to find a cure of love he experiences for Danae, in a way that is too damaging and sweet at the same time.

The film offers a rare look at a modern fairy tale concentrating on a young man, Panos, a doctor from the big city who meets this young princess living in the woods. He is like prince charming to her and she has no intention of letting him go in the literal sense. When he wanted to return to the city, even the trees begin blocking his way creating zero visibility for him to continue with his journey towards civilization. However, one thing this man knows nothing about – that the whole world he knew will be nothing in comparison to what Danae has to offer and he clearly has no idea how to handle it.

In the end, “Entwined” is a great example of why sometimes it’s important to stop playing hero and let things flow as it does. Panos makes the real move of a gentleman that will cause him to not only lose his freedom but the loss of mind with the woman he learns to love in an unprecedented way. Unfortunately, love like the one you will see in this film is one of the most creative and interesting, yet hurtful and disastrous at the same time that prepares itself for one end only, giving no chances to escape from, which is what you surely would never want to miss under no circumstances.

%d bloggers like this: