Bringing Out the Dead ★★★★½

I don’t know if I’ve ever felt so hollowed out by a film. The way Frank’s exhaustion is captured with the editing (Thelma Schoonmaker, our lord and savior) and cinematography is brilliant. Scorsese captures a hyper-specific place between life and death and he ruminates on so many themes in a mere two hours - it’s really mind-blowing.

It feels weird to compare the two, but Scorsese has previously captured exhaustion in After Hours, but in this film, the exhaustion is accompanied by a sense of pain, dread, and deep, deep sadness. 

I can’t believe so many people sleep on this one. This is essential Scorsese, in my opinion.

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