A Change in the Weather

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  • 2017
  • 1 hr 39 min
  • 5.2  (31)

A Change in the Weather is a French-British collaboration and was released in 2017. Directed by Jon Sanders, this movie is about a group of artists who are struggling to find inspiration and passion in their lives. The movie deals with deeper issues like personal dissatisfaction, trauma, and identity crises that often remain unexplored. The movie follows the journey of a group of artists who are struggling with their creative process, artistic identity, and personal relationships.

The film opens with art teacher, Mary (Meret Becker) taking a group of her students to a remote French village, to inspire them to create art. However, the picturesque backdrop of rural France isn't able to bring the group of artists together, and they struggle to finish their work. With time, the personal conflicts and inner turmoil of the artists become more apparent, which affects their work and their relationships.

Maxine Finch plays Ellie, a struggling artist who has emotional scars from the past that prevent her from showing her true potential. Douglas Finch portrays James, a pianist who is desperately trying to create new music after a long hiatus. The film takes a hard look at their unique life experiences and how they are triggered when they are grouped together. The artists display a stubborn resistance to let go of their sense of self, which results in a lack of creative energy within them, and the group as a whole.

The film is not just about the artistic creative process but also about the mental and emotional creative process an artist undergoes. The artists find themselves struggling to create impactful pieces and consequently lose touch with their artistic sense, which leaves them feeling unfulfilled. The movie examines the idea of how our emotions, motivations, and experiences affect the creative process, and as the artists explore themselves, they must delve into their past and address their own issues of trauma, insecurity and self-worth.

As the film progresses and personal issues emerge, the artists begin conversations that contribute immensely to their individual progress. They begin to question everything they know about themselves, their art and their relationship with the world. The film also explores the theme of artistry in contrast to commercialism, as the artists realise they must reconcile their spiritual calling with career goals.

Ultimately, as the artists open up and confront their inner demons, they begin to feel more connected to one another and are able to experience new creative highs. The group’s purpose goes from creating art that sells to creating art that gives a sense of meaning and purpose to other people.

The movie was shot in real locations with minimalistic production design, with a focus on the nuances in the performances of the actors. The film dispenses with flashbacks or exposition, instead relying on realism to let the actors convey the emotional and mental battles their characters are dealing with. This makes the performances more layered and raw, and adds to the direction of a natural and honest film.

The soundtrack for the movie is exceptional, as it complements the emotional journey of the artists, and captures the emotion of the landscape through music. The music is a constant companion to the artists, keeping them in a state of reflection, contemplation and inspiration.

In conclusion, A Change in the Weather is a slow-burning movie but deeply introspective experience. The film highlights the struggles of artists, the challenges they face, and the personal journey of finding inspiration and purpose. The movie is well crafted, with excellent performances by its cast, and an amazing soundtrack. The film will take its time to project its message and themes, so a viewer must be patient enough to journey along with the characters. Overall, A Change in the Weather is an exploration of the human condition and a testament to the power of the creative process.

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  • Release Date
  • Runtime
    1 hr 39 min
  • IMDB Rating
    5.2  (31)