First film I've seen of Angela Schanelec. Intriguing, especially the editing style / story construction - full of ellipses and ambiguities.
This film can seem so slight, yet every time I revisit Five it becomes more beautiful, more complex, more profound.
It has the poetic resonance of a five movement chamber piece; melodies and harmonies pared down to a minimum, but full of tiny interlocking details that reveal themselves the more you immerse yourself in the piece.
This is magnificent. It is Sorrentino at his baroque best: the grand sweeping camera movements, the flamboyant editing, the opulence of imagery, the playfully surreal touches, and those precious moments of stillness and sensitivity; all played like the most ostentatious of operas, yet with the delicate complexity of an exquisitely crafted fugue. And through it all, with the comforting surety of a clear bass line, is the understated performance of Sorrentino alter-ego, Toni Servillo, at his brilliant best.
For me, this is as near to perfect as you get. Composition, framing and editing are stunnning; characterisations are rounded, and achieved with such economy of writing as well as beautifully understated depth of performance; subject matter is both gently funny and lightly mocking, but never sneering - always with great empathy and understanding for the characters.
Brief but fascinating post-screening Q&A with the director.