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In MEMPHIS, a strange singer with 'god given talent' drifts through the mythic city of Memphis under its canopy of ancient oak trees, shattered windows, and burning spirituality. Surrounded by lovers, legends, hustlers, preachers, and a wolfpack of kids, the unstable performer avoids the recording studio and is driven to spend time in his own form of self-discovery. Shown in fragments, his journey drags him from love and happiness right to the edge of another dimension. Featuring an explosive
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Even those who find it a bore will agree it's a pleasure to look at, and not only because Beal cleans up nicely as a suit-wearing slacker in a snappy chapeaux.
The film feels like a sketch rather than a portrait, beautifully rendered but incomplete in the details.
The film is less than 80 minutes and if you cut the shots that go on too long it would be less than an hour.
Tim Sutton's second feature, starring the young contemporary musician Willis Earl Beal as a musician with the same name, captures the mood of the blues with pitch-perfect sensuality.
Every image in "Memphis" quivers with a poetic intensity that captures the beauty and desolation of the urban South not pictured on tourist postcards.
An extraordinary visual and musical tapestry built around the compelling persona of real-life Memphis R&B singer Willis Earl Beal.
Its metabolism may be unfamiliar, but this extraordinary movie has true rhythm, and true life.
'I created this,' Beal says early in the film. 'I imagined it into existence.' The words could be a manifesto for filmmakers, an articulation of the director's mission, particularly in the case of as singular a work as 'Memphis.'
"Memphis" is a gorgeous, gorgeous movie-the kind that prompts critics to say "every frame could be a painting"-but it is also proof that the woozy, opaque mode of American independent filmmaking has its limits.
Tim Sutton's movie is a relaxed, contemplative meander through the city with this man and the people in his life.
Tim Sutton's gorgeously shot nomadic mood piece...will bore most audiences but hypnotize a few looking for that magical symbiosis of Jim Jarmusch's blank poetry and David Gordon Green's early Southern Gothic.
Willis Earl Beal is a mysterious presence in his own movie: a man in a stylish hat and a dirty shirt, who can pass for a rock star in one moment and a homeless drifter the next.
The film's music is the city itself as well as a subtle suggestion that Tim Sutton's own digital cinema is just as elusive and intangible as Willis's unwavering sense of dissatisfaction.
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