Level Five (2014)
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The cult favorite 1996 film centers around a video game developer named Laura, played with quiet intensity by Catherine Belkhodja. Working on a game about the Battle of Okinawa, she becomes increasingly drawn into her work an fascinated by the island's history: in the devastating WWII battle that preceded the atomic bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 150,000 Japanese were killed, many by suicide. (C) Icarus Films
Aug 15, 2014 Limited
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"Level Five," a passionate and cerebral science-fiction adventure ... belongs equally to the past, the present and the future.
A richly digressive, provocative meditation on the cross-currents of technology, engagement with history and wounded national identity ...
By using Laura as an avatar, Marker actually helps us see the visuals and their knotty meanings much more clearly.
The theories in "Level Five" simultaneously thrive in realms of computer science, ethnography, and cognitive psychology, while the picture remains cloaked by the emotional weight of a historical tragedy that marked an entire nation.
Already a cult film nearly 20 years old, Level Five makes its U.S. theatrical debut, and the wait has turned the viewing experience into something even more meditative than director Chris Marker might have intended.
Like every other film Marker made, it's an exemplary and resonant address on the life of the mind and the life outside of that one.
...[Level Five] effortlessly anticipated the aesthetic and thematic shifts of 21st-century cinema, even as it addressed the history and legacy of the 20th.
Tension is explored between the medium and the message - namely, how history becomes selectively fashioned for the medium through which it is depicted rather than the other way around.
This film demands every cell of your cerebellum, but its compelling surreality is hard to shake off.
Level Five pictorializes the cruel moment when curiosity encounters tragedy, and the all-too-human abandonment of interest that can follow.
The most extraordinarily contemporary thing about Marker's intricate matrix (in a William Gibson rather than a Wachowskis sense of the concept) is how beautifully it lines up with and enlarges the contexts of recent films.
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