‘Into the Wind’ Netflix Review: Stream It Or Skip It?
In Into the Wind, now streaming on Netflix, a privileged young woman on her way to medical school and following in her father’s footsteps begins to question everything during a family vacation. when she least expects it, she falls in love with a hotel clerk and passionate windsurfer who shows her how to trust people and love life again after losing her mother. We are here to let you know if this Polish drama is worth adding to the list.
into the wind: pass it on or skip it?
The gist: Ania (Sonia Mietielica) and her family are heading on their annual vacation. On their way there, they come across a beat-up orange van filled with rowdy youths, and one young man catches Ania’s eye. she smiles sheepishly and looks away, but it seems to impress her. ania is still processing the loss of her mother 5 years ago, and her father andre de ella (marcin perchuć) lives in fear that she will slip back into the debilitating depression that once plagued her. At the hotel, the family, including Ania’s stepmother and little brother, meet her close friends, a couple, and her son Kuba, with whom Ania can hardly stand to be around her. Ania’s father tells them that he entered medical school and will probably follow in her footsteps, although she announces that she is not so sure. In an attempt to get out of it, Ania heads to a yoga class one day with Ella’s stepmom, but ends up in a kitesurfing class with the guy in the van after the class is cancelled.
ania finds herself constantly thinking about the boy, which she learns is called michal (jakub sasak). She spends a night at the beach partying with his group of friends and begins to fall in love with him, but when she sees him being affectionate with another girl the next day, she shuts down and locks herself in her room for days. . Andre finally gets her to go out to dinner one night, which then leads her to discover the truth: that Michal was just playing with a friend. The two reconnect and fall hard and fast in love, spending their days and nights together as Ania finally learns (literally and metaphorically) to let her hair down and love life again. However, with family drama unfolding, her future ahead of her, and the end of summer approaching, Ania begins to wonder what she really wants her life to be like, and if Michal fits into her plans. p>
what movies will it remind you of?: caught by a wave, last summer and jj+e.
performance worth seeing: sonia mietielica is a star. she carries the weight of on the wind, juggling pain, heartbreak and coming of age. while her character is often quiet, there is a lot of dancing behind her eyes and in every occasional little smile. Quite often, the girl who comes from the world of privilege in these stories is a little harder to accept, but Mietelica’s Ania gets to your heart right away, even with her tight ponytail and stoic, occasionally hostile demeanor. . she has so much to say in the wind, but her pain and passion live in the moments of silence that she shares with michal and her father. mietilica only has that thing.
memorable dialogue: most of what works in the wind is their long stares and silences; there’s no particularly memorable dialogue here.
sex and skin: our two lovers get naked and make love on the beach at sunrise.
our opinion: to the wind, like so many of the international youth romances that come to netflix, takes its time with the story it tells. there’s really no frills or attempts to reinvent the wheel, but it works anyway. there’s a warm, dreamy quality to the film, a sincerity that resonates even when some scenes feel more than welcome or feel a bit unnecessary. We’ve seen this story told before: a miserable, tight-wounded rich girl falls in love with the free-spirited hotel clerk who spends his free time windsurfing and partying on the beach with her friends. But the chemistry between Sonia Mietielica and Jakub Sasak is electric; it is impossible to look away from these two. From the moment her eyes meet for the first time, we know that something special awaits us. much of what happens between the two is wordless, conveyed only by longing glances and subtle exchanges, but boy, does it work. into the wind’s setting does a lot to help make the movie feel as dreamy as it is, but it’s these young lovers who make it sing.
A lot of dramas with young love stories at the center can struggle to keep things grounded and avoid getting soapy, but in the wind doesn’t fall into any of these traps. he actually juggles themes of grief, identity, and mental health quite gracefully, painting his characters and their pain in careful detail. and he also doesn’t let things get too heavy; there’s a bit of heartbreak, here, but there’s also a happy ending, one we see coming but can’t help but enjoy. even with its predictable path and conclusion, in the wind it still feels worthwhile.
our call: pass it on. into the wind may be slow-burning and a bit too long, but it has a captivating, dreamy quality to it, and the performances feel grounded and real.
jade budowski is a freelance writer with a knack for blowing punchlines, hogging the karaoke mic, and thirsty tweeting. follow her on twitter: @jadebudowski.