I am continuing my way into Cinema-Vérité and it is exquisite. I’m not sure it would be possible to find a more interesting story than this. The guerilla camera work was superb and really help make this as interesting as it was. My biggest issue was with the narrator and how hard to understand he was. At multiple points it seemed like they could have re-recorded a phrase or two as he stumbled through a sentence. With subtitles on it wasn’t horrendous, however, and the film could carry on its way.
I have been waiting to tackle this film because of how daunting it seems. It is in a language I don’t speak, it was nearly 3 hours, and it is from the early ‘70s. All a perfect mix to feel nearly unapproachable. And even halfway through it still felt incredibly daunting.
It is very slowly paced. Through the first 45 minutes there are many scenes that seem to go on and on and almost appear pointlessly continuous. There is a…