The craft of storytelling is something that not everyone is gifted with, but is something we all enjoy. But Three Thousand Years of Longing masters the craft of storytelling, while taking viewers on a unique journey that they have experienced in theaters before.
Following the story Dr Alithea Binnie (Tilda Swinton), an academic who has spent her career studying stories and how they shape the world around them, the movie sends her and viewers on a fantastic journey filled with fantasy and more. Alithea is scheduled to speak at a conference in Istanbul, and as soon as she lands she starts seeing unexplainable things. But after purchasing a unique bottle in a shop, she unwittingly now has a Djinn who will grant her three wishes so he can gain his own freedom.
The narrative really goes through five parts, before Alithea meets the Djinn, his stories of the three times he was captured and locked inside vessels, and after their encounter. It is artistically put together and the story weaves its way through history, giving viewers a glimpse at different times and loves the Djinn had throughout his life. It nods to some of the history and myths that we all have heard about Genies in the past without regurgitating the same story over and over again.
While Three Thousand Years of Longing may not be for everyone, it’s truly a work of art. Each detail in the scene sets up the story around it, and you can find small nods to the fantastic even in Alithea’s flat. It takes you on a trip through history and fantastic stories that you haven’t experienced yet and that alone makes it worth a watch. It does have some bizarre sex scenes, but they aren’t graphic and nudity isn’t actually shown.
Three Thousand Years of Longing will be in theaters everywhere this weekend.
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About Three Thousand Years of Longing
Dr Alithea Binnie (Tilda Swinton) is an academic – content with life and a creature of reason. While in Istanbul attending a conference, she happens to encounter a Djinn (Idris Elba) who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom.
This presents two problems. First, she doubts that he is real and second, because she is a scholar of story and mythology, she knows all the cautionary tales of wishes gone wrong. The Djinn pleads his case by telling her fantastical stories of his past. Eventually she is beguiled and makes a wish that surprises them both.