Slovenly semi-literate geek with far too much time on his hands
In a! Introduction provided with the film the director said that plot and dialogue was less important than the intersection of cinema and memory, and that is certainly a productive mindset to have approaching this film. When I approach difficult or opaque arthouse films, I never watch them with the expectation I will understand what is going on - more importantly to me I try to appreciate a sense of the mood, whether the images are interesting or the emotional…
Moments of this documentary are poignantly interesting like arguing over the etiquette around streaming a funeral; something part and parcel of this immigrant experience. Too short for me to say it is overlong though it doesn’t really feel like it has an hour’s length of subject either.
J. J. Abrams does not do endings, period. He has been involved in co-creating multiple TV series (Felicity, Alias, Lost, Fringe, among many, many others) and directing films in three major franchises (Mission Impossible, Star Trek, and this.) In the case of the former he was actively involved in series during the pilot, but eventually checked out of the process, sometimes staying on a couple of seasons but never being involved in the writing, directing or any decisionmaking regarding the…
So I’m sitting down watching this at the Berlinale having grabbed last minute tickets with only a dim awareness that the film had some buzz about it and that was rather long. Settling into the first part of the film I wondered if this was going to be like the Wild Pear Tree, a languorous film that seeps you into its world and lets the dramatic roots of its premise gradually blossom. And well, I was right - at first,…