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The Dust of Time

The Dust of Time (2008)

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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Dust is everywhere and ever-present. A conglomeration of the smallest particles, dust nestles in carpets and in attics. It invades laboratories and settles on artworks. It is blown into the air from factory smokestacks and resides in every raindrop. It is fought and cleared away, but in this Sisyphean task, dust is set in motion and returns even as it is being removed.

Dust examines the myriad forms and pathways of dust. It pursues dust to the places where it settles and meets the

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How seriously you take Dust will depend not only on your patience, but on how anxious a streaky bookshelf makes you.

December 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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I never knew dust could give me such pleasure.

December 3, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Dust is an eccentric and profoundly informative documentary.

December 3, 2008
New York Times
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Dustâ"the movieâ"is characterized by its clean cinematography, uncluttered compositions, and unceasing dialectic.

December 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Dispassionate disquisition is taken to the extreme in Hartmut Bitomsky's humorless docu.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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An incoherent dream-like story that lyrically traces the last half-century in the life of a stressed-out Greek-American filmmaker telling his family's story... .

January 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

For those most curious about the world around them, Dust is a revelation.

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
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mia ananeomeni skinothetiki proseggisi os pros tin safos mikroteri diarkeia ton paradosiakon anekdotologikon toy panarismaton kai ton tahytero, shedon kanoniko rythmo tis tainias, eno fernei toys iroes toy pio konta stin othoni, gia na tairiaksei i aposta

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Dust may not sound like the most mesmerizing film subject, but Dust makes it so. Hartmut Bitomsky's amazing documentary covers its subject almost as comprehensively as dust covers everything itself.

December 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It's not quirky, nor is it exactly cautionary. It casually mentions all the various forms of lethal stuff we could be breathing at any moment, in any part of the world, and then ends with a shrug.

December 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Hartmut Bitomsky's Dust makes a pensive study of the title particulate, considering the way we wage a never-ending battle with the tiny specks that gather around us.

December 4, 2008 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Everything you ever wanted to know about dust. And even more than you ever thought possible. Then even more.

December 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
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In the end, Bitomsky equates dust with life and death and the infinite

December 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Never feels philosophically uncommitted, nor does it scan as neo-colonialist exploitation.

December 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

An engagingly philosophic approach to a mundane topic.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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  • The Dust of Time (I skoni tou hronou) (UK)
  • The Dust of Time (Trilogia II: I skoni tou hronou) (CA)
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