Errors of the Human Body is a film that is captivating from start to finish. It explores the fascinating and controversial world of modern genetic science, while immersing the viewer in a brilliantly constructed thriller. Director Eron Sheean makes his feature film directorial debut and reassures viewers why he won the MIFF Emerging Australian Filmmaker of the Year in 2006.
The film begins with rather haunting screens of microscopic images of cells growing and transforming, setting up a tense and intriguing vibe that runs throughout the entire film. We follow main character, Geoffrey, who has been invited to Dresden, Germany, to join a state of the art research facility working on genetic sciences. The ever-present whiteness of the laboratories and the snow cloaked Dresden provide an intensely mysterious backdrop for the screenplay.
We learn that Geoff is in the emotional wake of the loss of both his son and his previous partner. This trauma burdens him, tearing at his mind and heart as he ventures into a new life. As Geoff begins his work in Dresden, he immediately finds tension with a rather quirky character, Jovic, and intimacy with ex-lover, Rebekka. Both of these relationships intensify and begin to conflict with one another, sparking Geoff to investigate what's going on in the darker sections of the mazy research centre.
What follows is a fascinatingly composed film that literally put me on the edge of my seat. Errors is a deeply captivating film. It avoids placing itself in the 'far-far-fetched' genre of science fiction and executes the art of the thriller stunningly. The visuals are wonderfully shot and aided by the brilliant acting on behalf of Michael Eklund in particular. The plot is thoroughly engaging while the eerie yet beautiful Dresden setting provides an immersive stage.
The only real criticism I can gage is the slight dryness to the main characters, who are fascinating but not particularly dynamic. Some of the acting isn't fantastic, but for a film that relied on actual scientists to play the extras, this is expected and instantly forgiveable. If you are intrigued by the world of modern science or simply just enjoy a suspenseful story, then I definitely recommend Errors of the Human Body.
Verdict: 3.75 stars
The film is playing at the Melbourne International Film Festival this year. For more details on this, see the web page