07 Gen “KINGS CROWN” by Shane Pyers
In “Kings Crown”, the latest, moving film by Shane Pyers, human life is suspended on the thin thread of relationships and seems to balance on the lightness of the images, so delicate and magnificent in this film.
“Kings Crown” is a powerful story about love, which has the courage to immerse itself in the faces and words of the protagonists, without sparing the viewer any emotion. Through a simple plot of ordinary existences, Shane Pyers, with a sensitivity that clearly distinguishes his poetics and his cinema, manages to bring out the complexity of hope and mutual help. Thus, as in the narrated stories that in the cinematographic style, Pyers stages a choral tale of great simplicity, giving space to faces and emotions, without stylistic complications. In this great cinema lesson, simplicity is far from a “reduction” of possibilities, but a sincere and courageous means of reaching the true complexity of truth. The choice turns out to be a brilliant intuition, and drags us on a journey between misery and tenderness, which ends with a powerful hymn to hope, above all. From a strictly cinematographic point of view, Pyers confirms himself as a mature author and is capable of adapting his thinking to direction, in a profound connection between the medium and the message. The camera moves gently, and with great discretion reveals the faces and confessions that flow through the story very closely. At other times, the camera’s eye seems to hide between objects and around corners, as if to reveal and gently follow existences, without judging it and without ever stealing the stage space from bodies and humans, real protagonists of this film in all senses.
The actors’ interpretations embellish the script, making the film a profound work that speaks directly to the soul of the spectators without artifice. Along the same lines, the dialogues succeed in the difficult task of combining dramatic sensitivity with exceptional realism. Works like this are destined to leave a mark in independent cinema and, above all, within our soul.