The Seagull ★★★★

of course bellocchio finds an access point to the seagull in the tormented mother/son dynamic between konstantin and irina, and in laura betti the compositional possibilities of a black hat worn slant wise over a pale woman's face. but more importantly it gives him a structure (the setting sun over the lake in the first act becomes a model for the drawing towards night and chocked interiors as the film progresses) and an outlet for his energies; feels unique to see him, at this point in his career, getting so much mileage out of light, film grain, flesh and faces.