Fortuna (2018), by Germinal Roaux – Review

Fortuna (2018), by Germinal Roaux - Review

It exposes the problem of following codes bound by creeds (Christians, Muslims and police).

Regarding Fortune, if you allow me, I will comment above my possibilities, which I will leave for the final paragraph.

Fortune It is the name of the young protagonist, an African woman who is housed in Switzerland, in a mountain center guarded by Christian priests. This young woman is 14 years old. He tells us that he has been pregnant by a young Muslim who is also housed in that same center. It shows that they love each other, but one day, in a forced way, their relationship experiences a break. As he is not of legal age, he simulates, before the visit of the police, hence the bankruptcy, being 23. By the way, the name of the actress is Kidist Siyum, which is to take into account.

The other protagonist is the character that Bruno Ganz embodies, in one of his last interventions, perhaps the most excellent. His role is something like the senior priest, the one who inspires and takes care of his team, in addition to the asylees who temporarily reside there. It must be said that, in addition to the African, Muslim asylum seekers, there are those from other sources. The mixture could lead us to think that Fortune It is a film that deals with multiculturalism or multireligiosity. But I think not, that the thing has more substance than such reductions in use.

Reprocessing the movie now, as I write, I find it much deeper than when I watched it.

Fortune It shows us the excellence of black and white. Yes, as you hear it, it is edited in black and white, colors that show the great contrast that the theme of the film tells us. To finish it round, the Swiss landscape is completely winter, with a lot of snow, very cold. All the aesthetic contrast that Fortune It shows us a faithful reflection of the ethics it contains. I liked the movie, although at first perception it seemed more an exercise in style, because Fortune She is very beautiful, both for the landscapes she shows and for the fine brushstroke with which she has treated the characters. Reprocessing the movie now, as I write, I find it much deeper than when I watched it. And, attention: if you are going to see it, take it as a metaphor of the world without solution in which we live.

The ethical dilemma pivots between
Christian morality, with a God who inspires to raise problems and
dilemmas in a certain way, Muslim morality, with a code that
forces the same, and the appearance of the police, which forces the young woman and her
boyfriend to separate. Something very crude that can only be understood by intuiting what
political intentionality may be in the background of such actions.

By the way, the director is called Germinal Rouaux, whose name makes me remember a certain anarchist scent. And it will be a coincidence, or not, that in these past days he has been re-viewing some interviews with José María Nunes, director who belonged to the Barcelona school, in which he speaks of anarchist sensibility. And what is anarchism? For cooperation between people, in an environment of solidarity, respect and mutual support, and without hierarchies based on dogmas or creeds pre-established by others. And what do I suspect Germinal Rouaux proposes about it in Fortune? Well, it doesn't really propose anything directly, because it simply exposes the problem of following the codes bound by the creeds (Christians, Muslims and police officers). The conclusion I reach is that these codes not only can not provide a solution, but, rather, hinder it. And what in Fortune It is stated that there is no solution within the system based on these codes.


Synopsis Fortuna, an 14-year-old Ethiopian girl, is met with other refugees by a community of Catholic monks in a monastery in the Swiss Alps. There he meets Kabir, a young African he falls in love with. It is winter and as the snow covers the peaks, the monastery becomes its refuge, but also the scene of events that undermine the peaceful life of the monks.
country Switzerland
Direction Germinal Roaux
Script Germinal Roaux
Photography Colin Lévêque
Distribution Kidist Siyum, Bruno Ganz, Stéphane Bissot
Gender Drama
Duration 106 min.
Original title Fortune
Premiere 01/01/2020

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