Val ★★★★

I tend to think of movies as meditations, but the act of watching VAL feels more like a focused meditation than most other movies are capable of. Awash with the art life and burgeoning notions of mortality, the film gives audiences plenty of facetime with a man who is exactly as charming and enigmatic as his screen persona would indicate, and his decades-spanning backlog of self-shot behind-the-scenes footage makes it required viewing for cinephiles. The DR. MOREAU segment alone is invaluable.

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