Ethereal and peaceful, sorrowful and calming, yet strong and emotive –Inni is a hauntingly beautiful film. Following Sigur Rós, the esteemed Icelandic post-rock band, the picture delves deep into the group and their unique live nuances.
Meaning “inside” in Icelandic, Inni is a fantastic film that aptly suits its literal meaning –it’s about exploring the music, not the superficial image of a band on stage. Unlike Heima, the outfit’s 2006 film that focused on their country of origin, Inni has very few scenes that aren’t related to their live performance. For 75 minutes, the viewer is sent on a journey spiraling through thrilling black and white cinematography. Vincent Morisset captures the raw, spiritual emotion through still, off-focus shots that only rarely focus on the band as a whole. Yet, the footage is diverse and enticing, with subtle adjustments to contrast and exposure creating a discordant visual experience.
Inni features stellar production. Guitarist/vocalist Jón Þór Birgisson sings in his chilling falsetto with such amazing precision that, at times, it was impossible to discern the concert audio from the studio variant. Regrettably, the rest of the band, whilst solid in performance, lacks the sheer emotion Birgisson possesses.
Even so, Morisset captures Sigur Rós beautifully; from start to finish, this is a humbling journey for both fans and newcomers to the band, and a chilling first-hand look at their music.
Inni screens at the VanCity Theatre at 8:30 November 5-6 and 6:30 on November 7