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One Hundred Mornings
Director: Conor Horgan
Cast: Ciaran McMenamin, Alex Reid, Rory Keenan and Kelly Campbell
Ireland, 83 mins.
Films examining life in a post-apocalypse world are nothing new. Most, however, are somewhere in the Mad Max vein, even recent interpretations like The Road, focused on badass characters fighting their way through towns and scenarios wrought with violence, tension and eventual heroism.
Writer and director Conor Horgan takes a slightly different approach with One Hundred Mornings, and the effect is chilling. Here, the setting is wholly realistic and so are the characters - men and women who are both ordinary and woefully unprepared to survive when all social structures crumble.
Set in the Irish countryside, a day's walk from Dublin but within earshot of gun fire from a small rural village, the film centers on two young couples and their efforts to wait-out the catastrophe that has left them and the rest of their world without electricity, water, food, transportation or information.
Though we never know what "it" was that caused the end of the world as the main characters know it, we can assume it's both simple and epic enough that this small group of friends have no option other than to consider the catastrophic situation temporary. Eventually, the power will come back on, stores will reopen for business, food will be available and law and order will be restored. In the meantime, they have to make their rations last and try not to wear too badly on one another's nerves.
As the days, weeks and months pass, however, normal never arrives. And while the characters keep insisting their situation can't last forever, eventually they find themselves down to the last bit of fresh water, the last can of pineapple, the last cigarette and the last of the antibiotics available only when traded for sex with the local police.
One Hundred Mornings is about survival in a very real sense. It raises questions about sustainability and sufficiency, as well as common decency pitted against pure instinct. And while many of us fantasize and overestimate our abilities to survive the apocalypse, resourcefulness and adaptability aren't always as easy to acquire as we'd like to believe. One Hundred Mornings is both a predictable and disturbing glimpse at the inevitable outcome of an apocalyptic catastrophe, sans Mel Gibson or Viggo Mortensen.
Bottom line: This simple film, exceedingly mundane at times, is possibly the festival's most thought provoking.