Sigur Rós comes from a land of picturesque mystery, where extremes of nature are both prominent and prevailing. In their native Icelandic tongue, they urge for a dire return to the most essential of human feelings. You might not be able to understand their language, but you can understand their essence clearer than any western tongue.
In the experimental film, “Leaning Towards Solace,” set to Sigur Rós’ new songs “Dauðalogn” and “Varúð,” Elle Fanning seems to awaken into a fantasized dream along a deserted road.
As a true tiny dancer, Fanning wears a bent tiara matted in her golden locks and angel wings made of broken dreams and broken promises. She weaves in and out of slummed streets with Sigur Rós’ whimsical melodies complementing every shift in sunlit movement.
Tainted and lost, Fanning resembles some half punk-rock pixie/half fairy princess with blazing hints of hurt and despair in her eyes. Meanwhile, John Hawkes, who seems to play Fanning’s father in the film, gives an equally powerful performance scattered with existential declarations like, “love everything” and “if only I could move in and out of nonexistence…to a space between places…space.”
The film is heartbreaking, aching and utterly beautiful, like some interpretative dance, visualized and set to music. And in the end, it emphasizes the concept that this life might be nothing but an illusion, brilliantly and imaginatively created and recreated by the influence of our minds upon our emotions.
“Leaning Towards Solace” is part of Sigur Rós’ Valtari Mystery Film Experiment, in which they’ve urged different artists to create short films inspired by songs off their new album Valtari.
“Leaning Towards Solace” was made by Black Dog Films and was directed by Floria Sigismondi.