Lacks self-consciousness; justifiably nostalgic. Mekas offers casual, extensive familial and historical context—more than necessary, but with the softest touch.
We are brought along into Mekas' extensive travels: from New York City in the 1950s, to the Lithuanian countryside of the 1970s, to the Lithuanian countryside of the 1940s, and then somewhere in Vienna in the 1970s. But at no point are we tourists.
1. This film contributes to a future where film is a more diverse and interesting ecosystem. This is important.
2. It is visually unique and aurally surprising. It shows great range and ventures beyond the sounds and atmosphere of real life. Listen for the doorbells. Listen for the self-conscious reading styles of the performers.
3. It treats its libertarian outsiders and e-cigarette enthusiasts with seriousness. This is important.
4. Nour Mobarak's narration is reserved and incredible.