Wartime films have always been a real passion of mine and being able to review one as powerful as 'Adira' is really a dream come true.
The film follows a young girl throughout World War II and her escape from the Gestapo which results in her finding an abandoned farm and fighting for her life in more ways than one. From there, her story is told through her harmony with nature and changing attitudes towards survival and life itself.
From the opening monologue, I knew this film would be a success; not just due to its thoughtful screenwriting but also because of the spectacular DOP work, courtesy of Christopher Commons.
Many scenes, including this opening, clearly drew inspiration from other wartime features. This meant that as a viewer, I believed in the production I was watching as it took me back to previous memories of the same genre. I always find it inspiring when films can accomplish this.
There was a clear message of family throughout Adira and the importance of remembering you're never truly alone, even when you feel like you are. This was fortified throughout the entire film in such unique and subtle ways, I can only praise Irene Delmonte and Bradley J. Lincoln for their talents in this area.
This theme of family drove deeper than blood in Adira and when faced with such a monumental time period this is harder to achieve than most. I think the most powerful aspect of this underlying connection was the way in which it connected a single story to over 1.1 million others.
"I feel you all around me"
This connection of faith and hope gave a vivid insight into Jewish refugees, not only from an individual perspective, but from thousands of others and once the film ended this resonated within me for quite some time.
None of this; however, could have been made possible without the crew themselves. In particular I want to mention the sound and overall image of the film.
The music, thanks to Sam Billen and sound mixer C.J Drumeller, in Adira was chosen and choreographed so to fit effortlessly within this film and when faced, in certain scenes, with little dialogue; it expressed such raw emotion the narration itself felt unnecessary.
Colourist Taylre Jones and DOP Christopher Commons collaborated beautifully to create some truly stunning picturesque scenes especially when working with sunlight; shots featuring Komorebi were truly breathtaking.
The hard work from all crew members was clear throughout Adira from the indepth research of wartime Germany which delivered perfect historical accuracy, to the location scouts on site, this film was a universal triumph for the Hidden District Studios team.
Adira portrays harmony, love and faith to a truly inspiring degree, something for all wartime film fanatics. If I could only say one thing it would be this: good things do come from tragedy, and this film demonstrates that flawlessly.
But don't take my word for it, watch the trailer below and see for yourself.
Adira is currently available for pre order and will be available on DVD May 5th. To find out more, just go to: http://sunsetstudios.co/
Final rating: 7/10