Berlinale sci-fi movie 'Another End' explores mind vs body

Gael Garcia Bernal explores mind vs body in Berlinale sci-fi ‘Another End’

/ 08:38 PM February 18, 2024

Gael Garcia Bernal explores mind vs body in Berlinale sci-fi 'Another End'

Cast member Gael Garcia Bernal attends a photocall to promote the movie ‘Another End’ at the 74th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany February 17, 2024. REUTERS/Nadja Wohlleben

BERLIN — The Berlin Film Festival opened on Saturday night a movie that attempts to temporarily bring back the consciousness of a loved one who died, albeit in another person’s body, to say good-bye one last time.

The new science fiction film “Another End,” by movie by director Piero Messina premiered at the Berlinale, starring Gael Garcia Bernal, known for “Amores Perros,” and “The Worst Person in the World” Renate Reinsve in her second film in competition.


“Another End” unfolds in a grey-toned metropolis where lab-coated employees of Aeterna place dead souls into paid hosts for ostensibly therapeutic purposes.


Bernal, starring as Sal, decides to bring back the love of his life, Reinsve’s Zoe, after being urged to do so by his sister Ebe, played by Oscar-nominated actor Berenice Bejo.

After initial hesitation over the concept, Sal once again has joy in his life – but that joy is limited under Aeterna’s strict rules on how long a consciousness can inhabit a host.

“It is a very romantic film that talks about loss. But it’s a fantastic movie. I am very proud of it,” Bernal told Reuters ahead of the premiere on the red carpet.

At a Berlinale press conference earlier Saturday, Bernal told journalists that filming “Another End” gave him a different perspective on life.

“In Western culture, we’ve so detached the body from the life of the person that I started to wonder like, no, it’s not so separate, and that really changed me in many ways.”

Olivia Williams, who plays neighbor Juliette, who has brought back her husband and daughter, told journalists she found the concept terrible, as it would extend one’s pain.


But: “That’s the awful thing, if you have that choice, even if you know it’s a stupid choice, just five more minutes with that person” can be hard to say no to, Williams added.

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