Director: Zagros Manuchar
Writer: Zagros Manuchar
Manufacturer: Mete Sasioglu
Photo: Arttu Arable land
Main parts: Elis Lindfors, Eero Enqvist, Elena Leeve
Country of origin: Finland
Production company: Filmfly Ltd
Premiere: November 20, 2013
Duration: 107 minutes
Latch the film is the feature directorial debut of Zagros Manuchor. The film basically is a totally different and an interesting concept which would gain applause from the audience. Films like Latch are a rarity. Amongst the film industry where only the same raw subject type of films is taken, Latch is an unsworn treasure. The way the narration takes place keeps the audience in a nail-biting stage. Though the movie is taken on a nominal budget, it has got the finest results which are seen through the reviews.
The movie starts in a horse paddock, where a horse is shown trying to get out but it couldn’t. There is the protagonist Henry (Elis Lindfors) a 14-year-old stutter boy whose parents are divorced. He lives with his always busy father (Eero Enqvist) who doesn’t take much care about. Since Henry is stutter, his life gets really complicated. He is at the stage where he comes across various criticisms, insults from the outside world. He feels his life amongst the horses in their stable is the happiest place for him. He enjoys himself being with them and he also tries to speak to the horses. These minute scenes are cuteness of the film and depict the character of Henry.
He speaks to him mum occasionally on the phone. He shatters when comes to know he has been left by his mum just because he is a stutter. At a point, he starts to hate everything around him. He feels dreadful when the security and warmth he is expecting from his father, is not being given to him. His father is frustrated towards him due to his poor grades in studies. He also feels discouraged of having a home education because he is a stutter. When the situation goes unbearable, he takes the help of a friend (Elena Leeve). How he comes out of this situation forms the rest of the story.
Long dream-like images, modest, lights and the silence of the movie take us inside the story. The latch is one thought provoking film which has shown what it looks like to live in our company without expecting anything from the outside world. The character of Henry is deeply highlighted through his attitude, his love of peace, his friendly gestures towards the horses and lastly, his stutter which makes us all fall in love with him.
The movie was premiered in many international film festivals like Children and youth’s film festival in Ziln and had gained a huge ovation among all. The film is said to be an exceptional movie in the history of the film industry and the role of Elis Lindfors has gained a lot of appreciation for him. Also, the roles of Eelis Enqvist and Eelina Leeve have got their own praises. The movie poetic narration and a dream like the movement have gained the major plus. Some feel the at the middle, the movie suddenly becomes sluggish. Though it has got its own positive and negative reviews, The Latch is a must watch for everyone.