A Change In The Weather is an inventive, unconventional film that concentrates on themes and stylistic flourishes to reach its audience rather than typical dramatic technique. Cristina Diaconu takes a closer look…
Jon Sanders’ A Change In The Weather is a low-budget film that abounds in beautiful, well-structured, long shots that follow the characters’ movements and delight the public with some impressive views of the French location. The story follows two artists, their relationship, and their fascination for analysing their actions and emotions.
A successful writer, Dan (Bob Goody), is working on a stage play about his relationship with his wife, Lydia (Anna Mottram), at different stages of their life. Three actresses are playing her 20-year-old self, her 40-year-old self, and her present self. To get to know the character better they are all separately interviewed by Dan and the other actors in the cast. Their questions are very personal and somehow they awake certain feelings and thoughts that Lydia has been considering for a while. Most of the dialogue is improvised by the cast itself, giving an allure of genuineness to the characters and their story. However, this also leaves the plot with a lot of gaps and things that do not really have an explanation for.
The film bases itself on human behaviours and emotions rather than making sense in its plot, and the beautiful scenery adds to that. Even the shots that are filmed inside look spectacular and full of emotions; emotions generated also by the music that blends with the characters’ moves. A memorable shot is the one in which Lydia talks with her husband in the bathroom. One half of the screen depicts her looking towards her husband, while the other half is the mirror with their reflection looking at each other. There are also some interesting scenes that do not need any dialogue to speak to the audience.
The dance scene shows the three actresses dancing with their lover and husband, depicted as a wooden mannequin. The scene is full of emotions perfectly balanced by the piano music. Each dance changes, just like their relationship has changed during the years. When it started, it was all laughter and joy, but as the dance progresses to the ‘present’ day the gestures, looks, and touching between them change into wisdom and comfort rather than ‘crazy love’. This scene also starts a series of events that lead to Lydia questioning her happiness and relationship with Dan.
A Change In The Weather is not an easy film to watch as it does not make sense at times and the reality gets mixed with the theatre play, but personally, I think that was the film’s intention anyway. We don’t get to understand a lot of Dan and Lydia’s past relationship; we know a few things, but nothing to make us understand how they reached the ‘present’ point. We just get to see a small sequence of their life (and a very meaningful one for their relationship and them as people), without a beginning or a conclusion to their story.
Written by Cristina Diaconu
Directed by: Jon Sanders
Written by: Anna Mottram, Jon Sanders
Starring: Meret Becker, Douglas Finch, Maxine Finch
Released: 2017 / Genre: Documentary
Country: UK / IMDB
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A Change In The Weather was released in UK cinemas July 7.