In ‘Retrocausal’, time is relative, and with time, history also becomes relative. There is this main story that is unveiling in front of you, but as you engage with it, other stories are unveiling on the other side, having the same core and almost the same background. You will watch ‘Retrocausal’ and be blown away at times, unsure about what is happening, and whether what you see is really happening in front of you or it is just another flashback.
There are some particular reasons why we liked ‘Retrocausal’. First of all, we liked it for the characters; in this feature film there aren’t many of them, but as the narrative unveils, most of them play duplicate roles, having different levels of intervention in the whole action. We were particularly charmed by Shahin Ganji, the actor, having a crucial role and playing one of the coolest and mysterious characters we’ve seen recently. Actually, the entire cast does an amazing job delivering the right message and the right vibe to the audience. There has been some time since we’ve seen such chemistry between so many actors in a feature film as it happened in Shahin Ganji’s project.
Secondly, we greatly appreciated how this movie was edited, having so many flashback scenes, and also being fragmentary (story-wise) in some parts of the action. The insertion of elements that are part of the fantasy realm was a great idea. We’ve seen so many movies where the director felt that if they introduced something related to sci-fi or a key fantasy element in the script, the whole story would get a new level of understanding. Most of the times they failed because the story wasn’t up to being compelled with such insertions; but in ‘Retrocausal’, the fantastic insertion of the heart-shaped stone, for instance, changed the key of interpretation of the story, and gave it a new understanding, and of course, a whole new meaning. If it was for us to read the script beforehand, we are pretty sure it would have been a great read, and we’re not saying that with no actual basis; we’re saying that based on the dialogue that is not only really simple and straightforward, but also filled with simplicity that most of the times expresses more feelings than all those long Shakespearian monologues.
Simplicity is the key, and Shahin Ganji understood that from the beginning. ‘Retrocausal’ is the perfect example of what simplicity and great imagination can make from a script that landed in the hands of the right director.