Distant Voices, Still Lives

Distant Voices, Still Lives ★★★★

8/10
"Why did you marry him?"
"He was nice. He was a good dancer."

I honestly don't really know what to say, and I'm definitely still processing this whole experience. From the opening shot, it's clear that this is nothing like any other movie, and it only goes on to prove that first assumption. It's strange how quickly it goes by despite how meandering and low on plot it is. There's something so moving, so haunting about this film, and it creates a feeling I can't quite put into words. Something comes out of perfectly composed shot after perfectly composed shot, out of the small, personal narrative, out of the reflections and memories, appearing and disappearing just as they are recalled. Out of the textured imagery, out of the fades to white, out of the joyous or lonely or sad voices harmonizing song after song, something emotional, something immersive, something nostalgic, something visceral, something forgiving, something whole is formed. One of the most beautiful films ever made, in terms of its direction and cinematography at the very least, if not in terms of its narrative and style.

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