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a playful neon one-woman abstract film starring Apollonnia, one of the models "Apples" from Model, that plays with many of the ideas of performance in Wiseman's previous film and also offers some complimentary interiority of the model that is not a part of Model. overall, more interesting to think about than to watch.
a film about the many ways we use images to create meaning, which Wiseman surveys and contrasts via the agency's ads, the documentary crew's project and Wiseman's own project set at a critical distance.
the way Wiseman punctuates the whole thing -- ideas about real life, projecting real life for consumption and making art out of images of 'the real' -- with a scene of models talking to Andy Warhol about their real weekend life vs. how they play real…
two-thirds of the way through this emotionally dishonest chore, i was thinking about the many island pornos made by Joe D'Amato. in which are tons of fairly disgusting images, but i was thinking about why, as filthy and god-forsaken as they may be, they're not annoying. and its as simple as this: theyre without affect; either you're getting off on them or you're not.
instead of trying to ape Denis or Cronenberg, maybe Ducournau should check out Erotic Nights of the Living Dead.
a mainstream high-concept film about inescapable age is vintage M. Night, hitting terror, comedy and bittersweet sadness with real dexterity.
its at its most touching when it focuses in on Bernal and Krieps' relationship. Old's concept allows him to capture the wide spectrum of a long-term relationship -- its difficulty, bitterness and eventual grace notes -- in a way that few films are able to naturally.
unfortunately i think the ending is a real bummer misfire in an otherwise impressive…