Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Limits of Control

A man, Isaach De Bankolé, is sent on a cryptic mission somewhere in Spain. Also starring John Hurt, Tilda Swinton and Bill Murray, written and directed by Jim Jarmusch.

You don't speak Spanish, right? The film is almost hypnotic in it's slowness - visually it's amazing, but is it enigmatic or is it arty, is it deep or is it pretentious? I ended up actually enjoying the film, more so than Jarmusch's previous film, Broken Flowers. It's right on the edge of being boring, but there is also some humour. When the nude girl shows up it's almost like a parody of a French art film. There's a referances to Godard's Contempt and also to other movies, like Kaurismäki's La Vie de Bohème. I have no idea what it's really about, but that's okay. I liked the journey. And Spain shore looks purty on film.

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