Saving One Who Was Dead

| 85 min
| Dutch English French German

The story revolves around a family dealing with a father who has suffered a serious stroke and is now in a coma. The mother and son are left with the daunting task of caring for a motionless body with little hope of recovery. Although the film is more narratively conventional than Kadrnka's previous works, it is still characterized by its austere and minimalistic style. The director explores the concept of a "real world" that seems within reach yet far away, creating a quiet claustrophobia through the use of a portrait format that emphasizes a constricted world. The play between realism and dreamlike moments adds to the overall surreal atmosphere of the film. Overall, SAVING ONE WHO WAS DEAD is an intriguing evocation of the liminal space between life and death.