The German film Contre-Jour by Cristoph Girardet and Matthias Müller presents its idea of the relationship between light and human perception evocatively and disturbingly, through a considerate and precise utilisation of the unconventional possibilities of film language.
(Film Critics Jury, 25fps Zagreb, 2009)
The look with which we comprehend the world and which the world casts back at us breaks up in CONTRE-JOUR into disquieting fragments. Blurs, flashes and stroboscope montages disintegrate reality into shadowy images that inflict pain on the retina. A spotlight cuts an exact shape of an individual out of the darkness. "I wish you could see what I see" remains a futile hope. Blind spots gape between self-perception and the perception of others.