The Zone of Interest - an ice-cold family story
There was no way to predict how would Jonathan Glazer's The Zone of Interest play out prior its screening, and in no way it met any sort of prevision whatsoever. It is a film that will haunt, confuse, disturb even, but still a masterwork.
If one was to cut a side of the frame, for the first half of the film there would be absolutely no direct reference to what is happening on the other side of the wall, if not from some occasional sound effects. Sound is central to the film. More than through images, The Zone of Interest is a narration through sound, be it the eerie design that pervades most of the film, or the dialogue and effects.
In a way, The Zone of Interest is a perfect diptich to Laszlo Nemes' Son of Saul, which employs an opposite use of cinematography but also features an attention to sound design - as well as focuses more on the human emotions than Glazer's feature film.
The result is one of the most original films in competition at Cannes, a work that may or may not be appreciated, but that achieves to haunt its viewer permanently.