A visual tour de force, Kristina Buožyte’s Vanishing Waves is a feast of a film, one that explores uninhibited sexual longing, desire and sexual freedom, under the guise of a science fiction film. Lukas (Marius Jamposkis) is a researcher in a Neuroscience lab, that is conducting sensory experiments on comatose patients. The experiment is to see if there is a way to be able to communicate with a human mind, even though their normal senses aren’t active. While at first the project seems to only project noise and random images, Lukas eventually comes into contact with the consciousness on the other side, a young woman by the name of Aurora (Jurga Jutaite). Lukas begins to explore the mind of Aurora, by way of a love affair, which begins to impede on Lukas’ judgement as a scientist and in real life. As he gets closer to finding out more about Aurora, Lukas must decide whether he should continue the surreal relationship or report his findings to further his scientific findings. Taking its cues from older science masterpieces from the 1970’s, Vanishing Waves is a beautiful experience that should be sought out immediately, whether you’re a fan of the genre or not.
One of the strongest elements in the film, even though there are many, are the performances that Jamposkis and Jutaite deliver. The character of Lukas is a flawed one and Jamposkis manages to convey a pure representation of any true male character I’ve ever seen. After he begins his psychic love affair with Aurora, he begins to act extremely different. He’s very rude to his girlfriend, constantly craves sex and lies to his superiors, in order to keep using the interface to connect to Aurora. While I hated every decision that he made, I completely understood them, as a male. Lukas encounters the purest form of intercourse and interaction with Aurora and there’s nothing else in our tangible world that can offer the same experience. Jutatite is fearless in her performance, expressing Aurora through her physicality, sexuality and her fragile state, as she slowly realizes her comatose state.
The use of camera and lighting techniques, along with wonderful production design enforce both the physical reality and dream states, that make Vanishing Waves a well executed film. From the constructed house that evolves into different memories, to a beautiful eclipse happening on a beachfront, Vanishing Waves presents gorgeous imagery that makes both worlds feel realized. Co-Writer Bruno Samper helped with much of the visual design and style of the film, while Kristina Buožyte directed the overall production and the performance. Their collaboration here reinforces the beauty of the true nature of the filmmaking process and without each of them helping one another, Vanishing Waves wouldn’t be as memorable as it is.
Artsploitation Films have put out some great releases thus far, but Vanishing Waves takes the label to a whole new level. Their first release to contain two discs, the second disc contains the very first feature that Kristina Buožyte made, The Collectress, as well as interviews during the making of the film and the entire score. There’s also the typical booklet insert, that contains interviews with Kristina Buožyte and Jurga Jutaite, along with a wonderful write up by film critic Travis Crawford. The fact that Artsploitation gives you not only one beautiful film, but two for the price of one, makes Vanishing Waves worth owning. All of the other supplements are like icing on the cake that is delivered in two films. There’s also a reversible cover, that’s a little more risque, but still looks just as great as the normal one.
Kristina Buožyte doesn’t just present a beautiful narrative in the form of Vanishing Waves, but a science fiction experience unlike any other. She’s managed to deliver a film that will most likely stay with you forever and with the treatment that Artsploitation Films have given it, it would be a shame for any filmgoer to not have it in their collection. Highly Recommended!