Breathtaking fantasy epic from a cult director with a story that spans over 3,000 years

Breathtaking fantasy epic from a cult director with a story

There are few directors who have created works as diverse as George Miller. Before Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, his prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road and its fast-paced action, hits cinemas this year, he recently created it a completely different kind of epic. This is available on Amazon Prime streaming subscription.

Three Thousand Years Of Longing has nothing to do with the end of the world, gasoline or burning cars. Instead, Miller takes us into one here world of fantasy, of ancient powers and a love that has longed for reciprocation for thousands of years. At the center is an unequal but stunningly brilliant acting duo of Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba.

The fantasy film tells a moving story that spans over 3,000 years

Alithea Binnie (Tilda Swinton) knows a lot about history and stories. After all, this is their scientific field. This takes them to a congress in Istanbul. When she has strange ghostly apparitions there, she blames it on her lack of sleep. But then the pretty glass bottle that she picked up at the bazaar suddenly pops out Jinn (Idris Elba).

So Alithea has no choice: she has to accept, willy-nilly, that she has just landed in the middle of a real fairy tale. Your jinn asks for this, you three wishes fulfill to be allowed. Only then can he be free again. But Alithea doesn’t want anything. She is happy with her life as it is. Or …?


Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba in Three Thousand Years of Longing

As a story lover, she asks the djinn for his story. So he tells. Of distant lands, powerful rulers and magic. From over 3000 years of loving, being loved, losses and broken hearts. And the more she learns about the history of love, the more a quiet desire creeps into her own heart.

In Three Thousand Years of Longing on Amazon Prime, George Miller turns a love story into an epic

Anyone who knows George Miller knows that he’s not just into action and explosions. Miller is unpredictable in his choice of themes and genres – but brings each one his own without exception handmade, passionate enthusiasm for film as a narrative medium. That’s why he can do pretty much everything from Mad Max End Times to family fun in A Little Pig Called Babe and dancing penguins in Happy Feet.

His unbridled joy in directing He also brings it with him in Three Thousand Years of Longing. This time he throws modern fantasy, fairy tales from the Arabian Nights and a good pinch of dreamy madness into his shaker and conjures up a unique cocktail. It shimmers with colors and costumes, with breathtaking sets and exotic locations.


Three Thousand Years of Longing

The film is, at its core, a simple love story. But Miller continues to layer layer upon layer. Until we do it with one 3000 year long epic about the nature of humanity and love to do from which we can still learn a lot. Elba and Swinton’s idiosyncratic chemistry sparks sparks that shine as brightly as the fires in Miller’s lavish palaces.

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