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#1 Bill DiPietra

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Posted 26 June 2015 - 09:52 AM

Saw this at the Film Forum here in NYC, yesterday.  Wasn't crazy about it, but it's definitely worth a look since the director used a very innovative form of storytelling.

 

The film takes place in and around a school for the deaf in the Ukraine and is told entirely through sign-language.  No dialogue, no subtitles and no voice-over.  And the director apparently had a clause in the contract for the countries where it was distributed that this could not be altered.  So all you hear for 132 minute is ambient noise.  A bit tedious at times, but that was more due to the lack of plot.  I think the director became a bit too enamored with the story-telling device he was using and forgot about the story itself.

 

Photographed with the Arri Alexa, virtually every shot was filmed with the Steadicam which definitely helped the "flow."  There are clear influences from Kubrick.  At times, the entire film felt like a modern-day, 2-hour long "Dawn of Man" sequenceAt others, A Clockwork Orange was the obvious choice.  And there are virtually no close-ups.

 

Take a look.  Definitely a different kind of film.


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