it’s a really nice touch that dan is an advice columnist/failed novelist and we actually kind of get to see why he was a failure as a novelist?! gotta imagine that hedges, the author of what’s eating gilbert grape? himself, knew that “i thought i died and went to heaven because there was an angel in the room” and “i will forgive you of your past if you will forgive me of mine” is just prime cheese! he must have…
to quote akerman, she filmed “everything that touched me”. it’s for us to attach meaning to these images. i was most fascinated with the people in their homes, imagining how this intimate access to these strangers’ lives, however briefly, was ultimately granted. the only “american” symbol that cropped up repeatedly throughout moscow was pepsi!