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June 10, 2013

Flying Blind – Brooklyn Film Festival Review

by Curtis John


A successful aerospace engineer designing drones for the British military begins an affair with her younger college student, a French-Algerian man full of secrets, who unlocks a passion she has never known in Flying Blind.  Frankie (Helen McCrory, Skyfall - 2012), a tightly structured woman in her mid-forties becomes her exact opposite when Kahil (Najib Oudghiri, Rendition, 2007) enters her life with his cool, appealingly poetic way of seeing life. But when Frankie’s superiors find out about the relationship and she learns more about Kahil’s supposed past, her life becomes one of constant suspicion and mistrust.  Ultimately, betrayal comes at her from all ends resulting in a personal and career-destroying outcome.

Here in the United States there is limited focus on how countries like Great Britain deal with the post-9/11 world, but as recent terrorism in that country makes clear the contention between English security forces and Britain’s Muslim population is unmistakably existent and entirely complex.  That complexity carries through to the people as stereotypes of all Muslims as terrorists, as the movie reflects, have become commonplace. Award-winning Polish director Katarzyna Klimkiewicz expertly explores Frankie and Kahil’s poignant journey as well as the regrettable decisions made by their friends and loved ones.  But this is Helen McCrory’s movie.  She plays Frankie brilliantly – emotionally vulnerable at one moment and flipping back into a hardcase in less than a second – masking a number of improbable situations within the script to make them believable for a woman in her position.  From her travails of dealing with sexism despite being the boss of her division to her falling quickly in lust then slowly in love with her young paramour, McCrory as Frankie expertly carries the entire film.  Oudghiri‘s performance is also powerful, as is Kenneth Cranham (Made In Danegham, 2010) as Frankie’s suspicious father Victor.

Limité Rating: 4/5

Director: Katarzyna Klimkiewicz

Genre: Drama

Country: England

Runtime: 93 min.


The Brooklyn Film Festival runs from May 31st to June 9th at IndieScreen and Windmill Studios in Williamsburg, Brooklyn


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