Albatross (2022)

Mikaela Bisson, Jill Frappier, Sarah Orenstein, David Huband,
Worlds collide at an awkward 1959 New England dinner party when a progressive biracial couple arrive at a questionable psychiatrist's home. Soon they find themselves pawns in a cynical game exposing the cracks in their facades.
  • 3.9 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2022-08-03 Added:
  • Writer:
  • Myles Yaksich, Director:
  • Bruno Marino, James Mark, Producer:

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3 / 10

Trying To Figure Out Why It Was Made Was More Interesting Than Anything That Happened In It

I gave this a chance entirely because of the film poster, which looked intriguing, but unfortunately could not get all the way through it. Nicely shot, if on an obviously tight budget, and passable TV-level acting, but it failed to grab the attention at any point, so most of my thinking started being taken up with trying to figure out what political point it was attempting to lecture me on, and who put up the money for it.

On the surface, it seemed to be all about homosexuality and race relations in 1950s America - although the depictions felt very anachronistic - but the characters were so flat and lifeless, and the dialogue so trite, I honestly couldn't focus in on it and so eventually gave up. I've really no idea why this was made, or who believed in it enough to pay the bills: my best guess would be that it's a wealthy person's vanity project, or some kind of student film made on a grant handed out for its unclear but box-ticking social content. Oddly puzzling but very boring.

9 / 10

An interesting period drama with a surprise ending.

I found this film to be quite bizarre at first. Wasn't sure where it was going in the first segment of it.

But as it continued, I began to understand that the film is a bit like peeling an onion. You find more and more layers, and begin to see how these people are each connected to each other. I definitely enjoyed that aspect of it. It all takes place in one night in one location. Not sure if that's due to the budgetary or what, but it didn't feel claustrophobic on my viewing.

The themes seem to resonate with topics that we are all chatting about today. I enjoyed getting a perspective on those topics from the past.

The performances were fun even though I didn't recognize any of the actors... I still got into the story.

Visuals were fun and impressive despite being in one house. Reminded me of Who's afraid of Virgina Wolf.

Sound and music were excellent.

Perhaps not a film for everyone, but I very much enjoyed it.

10 / 10

A Refreshing Film That Goes Against the Grain

I had no idea what to expect going in, but the emotional twists and turns had me guessing where the story was going the entire time. The second half of the film really picks up and the dominos start falling, one after another! And what an ending, didn't see it coming!

This is one that will make you think!

10 / 10

Beautiful, Inciting & Poetic

Albatross is a stunning slice of cinema appealing to both the viewer's visual sensibilities and musings of the mind. It's themes are varied and provocative and director Myles Yaksich succeeds in communicating complex subjects in an elevated and intriguing artistic manner. Moments of comedy alleviate stronger themes with light-hearted reprise and overall the piece stylistically presents an opportunity to challenge one's own perspective's of the present by experiencing the questions of characters from another time.

9 / 10

An interesting period drama with a surprise ending.

I found this film to be quite bizarre at first. Wasn't sure where it was going in the first segment of it.

But as it continued, I began to understand that the film is a bit like peeling an onion. You find more and more layers, and begin to see how these people are each connected to each other. I definitely enjoyed that aspect of it. It all takes place in one night in one location. Not sure if that's due to the budgetary or what, but it didn't feel claustrophobic on my viewing.

The themes seem to resonate with topics that we are all chatting about today. I enjoyed getting a perspective on those topics from the past.

The performances were fun even though I didn't recognize any of the actors... I still got into the story.

Visuals were fun and impressive despite being in one house. Reminded me of Who's afraid of Virgina Wolf.

Sound and music were excellent.

Perhaps not a film for everyone, but I very much enjoyed it.