Jupiter's Moon

Lame parable about a young man with supernatural powers caught up in the European refugee crisis

Film Review by Philip Concannon | 03 Jan 2018
  • Jupiter's Moon
Film title: Jupiter's Moon
Director: Kornél Mundruczó
Starring: Merab Ninidze, Zsombor Jéger, György Cserhalmi, Mónika Balsai
Release date: 5 Jan
Certificate: 15

There will undoubtedly be many films in the coming years that attempt to tackle Europe’s refugee crisis, but will any of them be dumber than Kornél Mundruczó’s Jupiter’s Moon? In this sluggish, confused parable, Syrian teenager Aryan (Jéger) is attempting to cross into Hungary with his father when he is shot multiple times by border guards. At this point, Aryan begins to levitate, and that’s what he spends much of the subsequent two hours doing, with a cynical doctor (Ninidze) attempting to exploit his abilities for financial gain.

What abilities he has exactly remains murky – at one point Aryan is capable of turning an entire apartment upside-down – but for the most part he seems content to float beatifically while bystanders gaze upwards in awe. Whatever allegorical import Mundruczó is reaching for gets lost amid the endless swooping Steadicam shots and CGI trickery. Jupiter’s Moon feels like a calling card movie and we’ll surely hear more from Kornél Mundruczó in future, but will he have anything worthwhile to say? [Philip Concannon]

Released by Curzon Artificial Eye