Low-Flying Aircraft

The human race as we know it seems headed for extinction in this 2001 Portuguese film, directed by Sweden's Solveig Nordlund from a story by J.G. Ballard. Europe's population has plummeted (France is at 49,000) because most couples who aren?t sterile are conceiving mutants, which the government forces them to abort. Desperate for a child after six abortions, a pregnant woman flees with her husband to a depopulated seaside resort to seek the assistance of a biplane-flying doctor who has allowed his own mutant offspring to live. The narrative is not gripping, but stylish compositions marked by stark, intense colors effectively evoke a ruined future. In Portuguese with subtitles. 80 min. (FC

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