Siberia (2020) LFF Movie Review

Director: Abel Ferrara

Writer: Abel Ferrara, Christ Zois (Screenplay)

Starring: Willem Dafoe, Dounia Sichov, Simon McBurney, Cristina Chiriac, Daniel Gimenez Cacho

Plot: An exploration into the language of dreams.

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Siberia starts as we meet remote tavern owner Clint (Dafoe) that doesn’t get many guests, but the ones he does get give him strange dreams which will make him see life in a different way, some are special, some are horrific, we get to see how Clint processes these dreams in his own mind.

The further Clint starts to explore these dreams, the more he finds out about himself and gets to face the things he has been looking to escape from.

Thoughts on Siberia

Characters – Clint is remote tavern owner that welcomes guests, even if he can’t communicate with them all, he is filled with dreams and nightmares about his own life, ones that he will need to face if he is ever going to move on with his own life. We meet many different people on Clint’s journey, each one has an impact on his life in some way or another.

PerformancesWillem Dafoe returns to the bonkers horror movies here, he will always look the part of them, only he doesn’t seem to reach the levels intended with the film, but he is still the strongest part of the performance all together.

StoryThe story here is incredible hard to describe, following one man on a journey of self-discovery from his own life. Well this is one that does seem very confusing to watch, not much does seem to be going on, leaving us to watch this almost random adventure which isn’t as horrific as it would have hoped to be, it really is like watching ‘Mother’ without smoother transitions.


Scene of the Movie – Not one.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The randomness.

Final Thoughts This is a film that doesn’t seem to get the message across quicker enough, it might well be one that could get more out of during return viewings, but it doesn’t seem to be one you could sit back and enjoy.