Incident light is the ray of light that reaches the surface of an object. The light returned by that object is the reflected light. To measure the incident light in photography, it is necessary to place a diffusing hemisphere in front of the photoelectric cell and the photometer needs to be directed from the position of the object to position of the light source. This technique is sometimes used in independent, experimental films and, particularly, in black and white films. There is a film that will be released this year, which received a few international film festival awards that uses this technique.
Incidentally enough, the film is called The Incident Light, making a reference to the technique used in the world of photography. Of course, the name is also metaphorical in reference to its director, Ariel Rotter, who is also the writer of the script, which, incidentally, is about his own family history.
After a tragic accident in which her husband was killed, she must face raising their two young daughters with little help and resources. She occasionally gets help from her mother who puts pressure on her to “rebuild” her life and get a new husband quickly.
The director says that this is a film about anxiety and the definition is relevant. One of Rotter’s virtues as a director is the power of suggestion. He regulates the temperature of a story well that otherwise could have been incendiary and covertly alluded to the fatal accident. Rotter presents a subtle vintage painting without resorting to clichés, relying on the viewer’s perspicacity. Set in the 60s, the film also addresses the role of women at the time, the women’s liberation movement. Rotter balances the grey tones of the black and white photography with mild humor, which allows the film to breathe and at the same time reveals the confusion created by an unexpected death.