Nd/Nf Review: Wood and Water Finds a Spiritual Connection Between Germany and Hong Kong

Nd/Nf Review: Wood and Water Finds a Spiritual Connection Between Germany and Hong Kong
Germany’s mountainous Black Forest region and Hong Kong Island couldn’t be more dissimilar in terms of terrain. Yet, Jonas Bak’s debut film Wood and Water spiritually connects these two epic spaces for a retired church administrator named Anke (played by the filmmaker’s own mother) entering a time of great transition. Not surprisingly, one of the film’s most important dialogue sequences ends with someone noting, “It’s funny how things coincide.”

Raising three children as a stay-at-home mom has left Anke anchored to a very specific perspective on the world for many decades. Early in the film she joins her two daughters at a Baltic Sea hideaway to relive some of their favorite past memories. A sense of yearning and nostalgia swirl up with the lapping waves and inclement weather. Absent is her son Max, who remains stuck in Hong Kong because of the ongoing protests
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