my favorite bit about Sophy’s work is her insistence that the semiotic and the abstract has a lived, intimate, vibrant necessity. her work can be deceptively graspable in its accessibility and formal clarity. Perhaps the best encapsulation of that moment right before a loved one opens up to you, watching them do it twice-over: for themselves, then for(with?) you. It takes the stillness of those moments and distends that into a magnificently composed project. The first five minutes or so…
Downsizing was released in 2004, nominated for 6 Oscars, including best Adapted screenplay, best picture, and best director. The screenplay won the first round of the Blacklist survey for unproduced scripts. The project was picked up originally by Ron Howard and was then around until 20th Century Fox finally began production. David O. Russell, Ridley Scott, and Spike Jonze were all at some point set to direct, and Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, George Clooney, and Kate Winslet were all at…
So there's this one moment in the film where Jessie Eisenberg and a former girlfriend are discussing his deceased mother and he says something like this:
"Yeah, she was just, the most incredible woman, one of the great photographers, that's what they said. Such an amazing person."
The girlfriend responds:
"Yeah, I know, you talked about her all the time."
"Oh, did I?"
"Did she meet your expectations? When you met her."
"But she seemed...I…