I reviewed Medeas for Kamera as part of ongoing coverage for Edinburgh Film Festival.
The great American wilderness is almost unimaginably vast. Emptiness stretches into nothingness, hills roll into mountains, and only a hardy few venture out there to live. Those that do find themselves tested by its unforgiving barrenness and the sheer isolation that comes with it, and it is this test that has fascinated so many American storytellers. Willa Cather and Walt Whitman both wrote about the pioneers who first stepped into that landscape, while more recently, visual filmmakers such as David Lowery and Kelly Reichardt have been drawn to the isolation of the great big nowhere. With Medeas, Andrea Pallaoro joins this great tradition of examining life on the edge, and the result is a film that is startling in its beauty and brutality.