Satantango ★★★★½

It’s hard to be objective with something like Satantango. Is it too long? Most days I would say yes, but some days I could say no. It is a film composed moment by moment, a second at time multiplied by 27,000 seconds. Some moments are accompanied by a ticking clock, which helps the audience subconsciously synchronize with the environment, but even with such a literal tool to show time it also demonstrates its perversion as we feel the space between each tick and tock. Those seconds seem to stretch into minutes or even transcend time itself -- a slice of passed space stretched along a battered, rain-warped plane.

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