Hans Christian Andersen, Evgueni Mlodik
Well, reader, this was an interesting film one hundred percent. "The Silver Moonlight" plays itself off as a fairy tale of sorts but definitely geared for more adult audiences. In truth? Evgueni Mlodik's film felt like a cross between "The Little Mermaid" and "Cinderella." This film, however, takes place during what appears to be prohibition and begins its journey within a speakeasy and revolves around Sybille - a lounge singer longing for a new life.
As the film begins to unfold, we're brought up to speed on Sybille and her love of a man who frequents the lounge - Mattias. Her boss, of sorts, Madame Leander, fears the loss of profit if Sybille leaves and makes a deal with her. If true love prevails - well, reader, you get the idea. Oh, and I should also mention that Sybille has to give up her voice - there is that. What follows is a noir-style film that follows Sybille on her romantic adventure of sorts, and balancing things out are Madame Leander, the shadowy man, and a certain wife to be who enters the fray. How does it all play out? You'll simply have to watch to find out. Personally? I found "The Silver Moonlight" to be a refreshing take on an old-school genre - and I loved the bells and whistles that came with it.
The look and feel of "The Silver Moonlight" most definitely tickles my nostalgic bones. Evgueni Mlodik and the troupe have leaned into the low-budget roots of the film, and instead of hiding this fact, it's front and center. That indie look and feel combined with a moody edit, some great costumes, and a perfectly fitting background score make sure this film will hit a home run for any who appreciate the genre. Now, I did find some of the portrayals slightly hollow and bleak - but that only adds to the old-school feel of this production. It's all in what you are looking for in an indie flick - if you're looking for Oscar material, this may not be a title for you. However, if you're simply looking to enjoy yourself, this might be your cup of tea.
At the end of the day? Like I wrote above, "The Silver Moonlight" was a pretty unique and "cool" take on the fairytale genre. For anyone who enjoys a micro-budget film done right - this one is for you. I highly recommend this flick and have no problems awarding it with three and a half stars. Well done.