You never know where a good film can emanate from! But in this case “Invisible” is from Lithuania. And it is very good.
It is a combination of a thriller, murder mystery, blackmail, love story, a jab at the church’s child molestation and yes a spoof on American reality television shows.
Jonas (Dainus Kazlauskas) is a modern dancer who is ageing and out of tune with new modern dance. So in order to make a “comeback” he feigns blindness and a Lithuanian reality show akin to “America Can Dance” picks him up as a possible rising star. The producer thinks that in every sad story there is a gold mine. So Jonas gets a trailer to live in on the studio lot but let’s say a webcam in the trailer reveals to the show’s management Jonas is not really blind and is faking it. But in their world of midgets, obese ladies and one-legged dancers what is a little bit of fraud.
Vytas (Darius Bagdžiūnas) is a murderer of his wife Marija after shooting her with a speargun! An awful way to go. But he did so breaking in on Marija wife making passionate love to Jonas. Vytas somehow blames Jonas for the death of his wife and after release from prison wants some revenge. But before that he blackmails the local priest for what one can surmise is a result of his molestation by the priest. Vytas purchases a gun and is set for revenge which he obtains by turning Jonas into what he was pretending to be and gets his revenge against the priest is a deadly way.
So the film will have you snickering about the fraudulent and scripted nature of reality shows and then biting your nails about how Vytas is going to deliver his revenge.
Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me Rating 93/100.
The acting is pitch perfect. All around a well produced and directed film. Bravo Lithuania!
The film is playing virtually on November 15-17 and you can get tickets and see the full schedule at euffonline.ca
You can catch a trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExnU09THXec&feature=emb_logo
In Lithuanian and Ukrainian with English subtitles. Directed by Ignas Jonynas.