Review Fix Tribeca Film Festival Coverage: Foul Review: Fearless

Within this wordless yet intriguing six-minute film, a beautiful 10-year-old girl knows what it is like to not be a part of the “crew.” A regular day in Norway for her seems to include mountains of snow, holding on to the back of a moving vehicle and, of course, getting chased by bullies. There’s even falling from a roof- and getting right back up.

“Foul,” directed by Ruin Denstad Langlo, is a film filled with nothing but dynamic metaphors worth getting puzzled over.

Simply put, our nameless, yet resilient 10-year old girl has an issue with fitting in. She is constantly being pushed around and mistreated by the other kids around her. But she never lets her struggles define her.

Roaming around on pounds of snow, holding on to her basketball seems to be the only way she can give herself the necessary space she needs from the world.

A world  full of rejection, ignorance, malice and bullying. In the end, it’s a foul experience.

Like a super spy, our girl does everything from hanging underneath a bridge or holding on to a moving car to escape the cruelness of the world. Not only is she fearless, but she’s headstrong too. Every time she falls or is pushed down, she gets right back up.

Even in the face of all of her struggles, by the end of the film, something important happens. Outside the door, she bounces her basketball then bravely turns the knob. As she enters, you notice what was on the other side of the door. The other side was still the mountains of snow in Norway. Has she nowhere to run from her troubles or is Langlo telling us our hero has turned her tribulations into something that she can draw strength from? Either way, it’s an experience.

It doesn’t matter what the consequences are- only that these possibly detrimental moments become blissful ones where she can create a reality that she can thrive in.

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