It is no longer obvious what you are going to get when watching a 15 certificate film. Once upon a 80s you knew what a 15 represented; some violence, or some swearing, or some nudity. Nowadays you have to go crazy to get an 18 certificate and many 15s of 2011 would be hard 18s years earlier. With this in mind I sat down to watch `Agnosia' with my squeamish partner; was this to be a gory ghost story about a woman who could perceive a spectrum the rest of us cannot? Not at all. Agnosia is in fact a period drama about conmen, disability and love. And the 15 certificate? Nudity - old school European style.
Once I realised this was no ghost story, but an interesting con story, `Agnosia' was a fun film to watch. At the centre is Prevert, a young woman who has an accident and can now only see blurred shapes and colours. To help her out, her family all wear different coloured badges so that they can be recognised. Could this system be manipulated by someone looking to discover Prevert's father's secrets?
`Agnosia' is a slightly strange film that never really picks up any pace, but instead flits between con story and love story. You feel for Prevert's plight, but unlike in modern American cinema, you get the dreaded feeling that not all will end well. With tragedy looming throughout the film, it becomes a hard watch, but an interesting one. Martina Gedeck is a little flat as Prevert and it is left to the noble, yet flawed, Carles (Eduardo Noriega) to drive the film. The subtitles are clear and the film looks fantastic, especially on high definition formats. A curious film for fans of foreign movies, but beware it is a little strange.