A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness (2013)
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An art film that tries but doesn't quite manage to entrance the viewer.
Ben Rivers and Ben Russell's ethnographic exploration for a kind of profound utopian moment acquires its clearest, and most intimate, articulation in their long takes of Robert A.A. Lowe and other corpse-painted musicians.
The pleasures of its imagery make the task of solving the film secondary
Forgoes such linearity in favour of an increasingly visceral triptych narrative that follows a mysterious loner from the margins of a commune to a trip into the wilderness.
The Bens capture it all on Super 16, giving the proceedings the quality of an educational film, with careful attention to the nitty-gritty.
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