The Criterion Channel – Film #8
"I don't want to see. Even if I could."
The sense of time, space, and mystique in the film is marvelous. With The Juniper Tree, writer-director Nietzchka Keene's feature debut hums with an ethereal excellence akin to the artists of old, the experience's transportive, almost ghostly power truly a feat to behold. The resolute storytelling compliments the windswept grandeur of each composition while granting the viewer just enough narrative detail to effortlessly engulf them in an almost overwhelming marriage of dread and warmth. From beginning to end, the complete experience is calmly visceral with a fundamental darkness that cunningly crescendos with stirring effect.
A force of beauty and fear that never dwindles. It's poetry in motion.
"She became ashes and left with the wind."