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Pavilion

Pavilion (2013)

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 0

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Tim Sutton's debut feature, likened to films by Gus Van Sant and Pedro Costa, follows a laconic teenager (Max) who moves from an idyllic lakeside town to his father's home in arid suburban Arizona. With mesmerizing imagery of hot summer bike rides and cool lake-bound dives, Pavilion captures the ephemerality and reverie of youth and the fragility of adolescent friendships. A haunting score by the Sea and Cake's Sam Prekop shadows the storyline, echoing its secrets and shouldering its mysteries.

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (0)

Sutton's approach is observation: We're not so much pulled into a narrative as watching images float in ethereal atmospheres.

April 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Observant but not revealing, free-form but not quite experimental, the obliquely titled "Pavilion" is a mood piece in search of a construct.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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If you're already on the movie's wavelength, it can be entrancing. If not, "Pavilion" may come off as flat and aimless.

March 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Mr. Sutton tends toward quiet. And while his characters don't say a lot in these 70 ephemeral minutes, he says enough to make you wonder what's next.

February 28, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The beauty of the footage is undeniable, and the aimlessness never overstays its welcome as the film documents that strange stretch in our lives when nothing seems to matter more than the present moment, suspended in a sort of idle immortality.

February 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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A cynical advisor told Sutton he should market his film as a documentary. That label would prepare potential viewers for Pavilion's lack of story, but it would make a lie of the movie's patient, finely drawn loveliness.

February 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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The lack of anything resembling a narrative at times makes Pavilion feel more like a demo-reel than a movie, but the fleeting moments Sutton has captured are so vibrant that they accumulate into something that hums.

July 30, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
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A startlingly perceptive first feature.

February 27, 2013 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
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George Washington this isn't, but there's enough heft here that the comparison can be tastefully made.

February 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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