Movie Review – The Flying Fish

TL;DR – An interesting experimental short film that unfortunately never graduates from allegory into something more.    

Score – 3 out of 5 stars

Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene

Rocky Head in The Flying Fish. Image Credit: Murat Saygıner.


Today we get to step back and look at something a little bit different with a film that is less a narrative exercise and more an experimental experience. This was a little bit of a new area for us so it was a nice change of pace and an interesting twenty minutes.  

The Flying Fish is a composition of a number of short films by artist/filmmaker Murat Saygıner assembled into one work of art. It is here where the strengths and weaknesses of the work come to the surface. Because it is a collection of many different works, there is always something new entering into the frame to switch things up. However, because there are many different works being combined together there is not a strong unifying force that makes it feel like this is one work.

The Flying Fish. Image Credit: Murat Saygıner.
This is a very allegorical film. Image Credit: Murat Saygıner.

In essence this is like one long music video where animated visuals accompany electronic music. For me I think the highlight of the film was the music but your mileage might vary depending on your own musical tastes. I found the animations to generally be quite interesting, especially when there was a strong link between them and the music. There are couple of moments when it does start to feel less like an animated video and more like a tech demo, but thankfully they don’t last. The animations themselves show a collection of inspirations from religion to philosophy, and more. I would have liked to see them move beyond just allegory but as this is only twenty minutes long that is not a deal-breaker.

In the end, do we recommend The Flying Fish? Yes, we would, but only if you are a fan of electronic music or experimental cinema. I found it to be a really interesting experience and I know that there will be people out there enjoying this with or without mind-altering substances for years to come.          

By Brian MacNamara: You can follow Brian on Twitter Here, when he’s not chatting about Movies and TV, he’ll be talking about International Relations, or the Solar System.

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Credits –
All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of The Flying Fish
Directed by
– Murat Saygıner
Written by – Murat Saygıner
Music by – Onur Tarcin, Jochen Mader & Murat Saygıner
Rating –  Around an Australian M

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