Adventure Drama

'Euphoria' TIFF 2017 Review: A challenging and insightful look at a fate no one can escape

September 20, 2017Ferdosa Abdi

Euphoria is a challenging and insightful look at a fate no one can escape: death. Director Lisa Langseth’s latest feature explores a difficult to discuss topic — euthanasia — without being decisive. This film is neither an indictment nor an endorsement of assisted suicide; rather, it is an exploration of the emotional toll such a decision has on two sisters.

Emilie (Eva Green) convinces her sister, Ines (Alicia Vikander), to visit her for unspecified reasons, but reveals later that she wishes to have her sister with her in her final moments. The casting is spot-on considering these two actresses' acting styles and the characters Langseth asks them to portray. Vikander has been a long-time collaborator and muse of Langseth’s, however; this is very much Green’s film. The latter’s performance will leave viewers breathless, and desperately praying that her character survives — or at least finds the peace she craves.

Euphoria is immaculately crafted, with the warm hues of the sunbathed clinic and the lush, green forest the characters find themselves in easing the audience into empathizing with Emilie and her struggle. Make no mistake, Langseth isn't shy about tackling difficult subject matter, but Euphoria is an experience worth having.

Euphoria is receiving its world premiere as part of TIFF 2017's Platform programme. Its runtime is 1 hr. 38 min.

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