By Michael De Martino
(Sophie Heldman, 2010, Germany, in German, Drama, 85 minutes)
Painfully bland family drama about a father (Bruno Ganz) in his twilight years who, despite the will of his family, chooses not to have surgery for prostate cancer.
There is not a lot to say in reference to the content of the film because hardly anything happens; there is not one memorable moment. Colours in the Dark is lazily directed, the script is pretty standard, and while the acting is acceptable, it is overshadowed by truly hateable characters who seem to have a biter attitude towards everything. The lack of non-diegetic sound in most scenes makes the film feel empty. Essentially, throughout the film characters interact, get disappointed with each other, then leave. This cycle repeats itself constantly.
A lot of the time I found myself on the verge of yelling at the screen in frustration, “something happen!” In a lot of bad films there is a redeeming humorous quality to them, “so-bad-they’re-good” if you will, but not this film.
There is a good chance Colours in the Dark was never intended for audiences of younger generations, but even so, the emptiness of this film will test even the most determined viewer.
If you have problems sleeping by all means watch this film. But if not, stay well away. Life is too short to waste time on films this bland.