OUT OF SYNC (2021)

  • Contemporary World Cinema
  • 1h 44m
  • Spain

Sounds and our ability to hear them constitute a primordial connection among humans, our surroundings, and our sense of self. This might be even truer for the unnamed woman at the centre of the beguiling film by Spanish director Juanjo Giménez who is a professional sound editor and foley artist at a post-production studio but enters a dark moment of her life when she has to accept that her hearing is “falling behind” the sounds she perceives.

The alarming, progressive condition leads her to question her own soundness of mind, and to confide to a colleague that she is “out of sync.” But there is an emotional element to her disconnection troubles. The more she is under duress, the further sounds seem to go away from her, to the point where she ends up listening to “the past” of any given place, even if she wasn’t there when utterances were made. In the face of panic, she finds her painful disorder can also be a sort of power and decides to keep searching for the deeper meaning of what she’s discovered.

What begins as a rare medical condition subtly turns to the supernatural, as the woman becomes able to tune into sounds of a more distant past (like the moment of her own birth), or even the near future. Unexpected and sharply executed — the taut lead by Marta Nieto will keep you on your toes — the film fully delivers on its unlikely premise while leaving more than enough room for us to ponder the ways we trust our senses, or simply take them for granted.

DIANA CADAVID

Content advisory: strobing effects

Director

Juanjo Giménez

Producer

Luisa Romeo

International Sales Agent

Le Pacte

Screenwriter

Juanjo Giménez

Producer

Marija Razguté

Producer

Juanjo Giménez

Screenwriter

Pere Altimira

Cinematographer

Javier Arrontes

Production Designer

Antonio Pereira

Composer of Original Score

Domas Strupinskas

Sound

Marc Bech

Producer

Birgit Kemner

Production Designer

Miriam Devesa

Executive Producer

Luisa Romeo

Production Companies

Frida Films

Primary External Publicist

Gloria Zerbnati

Language

Spanish

Captions

English

Programme presented by
Sun Life