Amber City ★★★★★

Every fucking time I see one of Jem Cohen's films, it just makes want to go out and shoot some of my own shit.

Paul Schrader had mentioned in a Film Comment essay how there were plenty of geniuses of slow motion, but we have yet to see geniuses of fast motion, especially someone who doesn't use it for comic effect. Schrader clearly hasn't seen any of the films of Jem Cohen or Jonas Mekas, or it must've slipped his mind.

This is one of Jem Cohen's finest, astute and compact.

The memorable faces, are framed like portraits in motion.

The gorgeous soundtrack carries the feel of wandering drift.

This is the cinema of departure, with fleeting impressions of place, and little details, barely remembered.

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