Adapted by Nichola Bruce from the acclaimed photographic novel by Timothy O'Grady and Steve Pyke, 'I Could Read The Sky' is a haunting and lyrical film about identity, love, loss, and the isolation and loneliness of the immigrant. Dermot Healy movingly portrays a man reflecting upon his life, from his rural upbringing on the West Coast of Ireland to his journey to London and experiences in the vividly modern metropolis. Driven by a dynamic music soundtrack that draws from both environments, the film is a labyrinthine, visually extraordinary journey into the textures, fragments, details and layers of one man's life and memories.
CONCEPT VS CONTENT
- I Could Read the Sky review by CP Customer
I don't, I must confess, know the book or the author but it became clear after the first couple of minutes that it would better work as an audio book. It's not that it's not visual but these are pictures to be created in the mind not on screen. And unfortunately for the author, whoever directed it - & I don't care who did - was one of those fanny adams who obvsiouly adores concept over content, resulting in something which is more in love with the camera angles and techniques it can use than giving any justice to the book or satisfaction to the viewer.