Greeted with lackluster early reviews on the festival circuit, Almayer's Folly does not bowl one over but that might partly be because its unsung, borderless subject is malaise, and its transmission.
More a formal treat than a great movie, Almayer's Folly should at least engage fans of director Chantal Akerman.
It seems no accident that Almayer's torpor, once a heartache, spreads like tendrils throughout the film.
| Original Score: 3/5
Akerman's formal control is, as always, astounding ...
| Original Score: 5/5
One of the year's most hypnotic and fascinating films ...
Fervently passionate and formally meticulous, the latest stunning coup for a director who's made a career of repurposing archetypal storylines.
| Original Score: 4/4
There's little if any comfort to be found in death, just the sense that our quibbles -- few of which are so enticing as quests for buried riches -- amount to rather little.
A work of engulfing jungles and rivers, vehement and incantatory speeches, and piercing female gazes in front of and behind the camera.
| Original Score: B+