Breaking Surface

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A couple of days after Christmas, Ida and Tuva, two adventurous sisters, decide to sweat out the holiday calories. The average mortal would just opt for a Basic Fit subscription which they’d forget about some weeks later. But these sisters aren’t your average mortals. No, what better way to burn away some calories than to take a fresh winter dive at the remote fjords of Northern Norway! Glaciers, floating ice blocks and massive rocks as far as the eye can see at temperatures even a freezer could get a cold from… But 65 feet under the sea level, things go awry. A landslide occurs when the ladies are cave-dwelling and Tuva gets stuck under a huge rock. Above water that same landslide smashes their phones and car keys under similarly large pieces o’ stone. Ida desperately searches for help, but in a region with less than 1 person per square kilometer, that’s going to be tricky. And Tuva doesn’t have 127 Hours of oxygen… Survival of the (basic) fittest! The sisters aren’t spared anything: claustrophobia, asphyxia, panic attacks… You name it, it’s there! Plus stunning underwater scenes that we’re proud to say were filmed just around the block, in the gigantic water bassins of the Lites Studios in Vilvoorde. (Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival)

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EvilPhoEniX 

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English An underwater survival drama from Sweden that spares no suspense. Two sisters go on a scuba diving trip to Norway, but through a series of unfortunate circumstances, boulders start spilling off the reef and one sister is trapped at the bottom of the ocean. The ultimate test of character, strength, determination and a race against time begins. Thanks to the short running time, the film moves quite quickly, the sisters perform proficiently, the underwater shots are beautiful and the director mines tension wherever he can. The film, by the way, was shot in Belgium in the world's deepest underwater tank. A fine one-shot. Story***, Action>No, Humor>No, Violence*, Entertainment***, Music***, Visuals****, Atmosphere****, Suspense****. 6/10. ()

angel74 

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English I really liked it a lot until the younger sister Tuva got stuck under a big rock on the seabed. Then the illogicalities began piling up, eventually defying the laws of physics. You could just feel how the script was getting worse as time went on. On the other hand, I have to appreciate the almost flawless camera work, the perfect editing and the choice of beautiful locations where shooting took place. (60%) ()