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The Nine Muses (2011)

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Part documentary, part personal essay, this experimental film combines archive imagery with the striking wintry landscapes of Alaska to tell the story of immigrant experience coming into the UK from 1960 onwards.

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A fragmented but highly engrossing cinepoem on the related subjects of migration and exile, isolation and memory.

January 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Themes don't develop so much as they endlessly repeat, nor do they gain much through extended duration. It fails to engage either the intellect or the senses.

October 5, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The result is not without beauty, though at a certain point, one begins to notice that each new muse rather resembles the previous, a uniformity that restrains the film from true symphonic swell.

October 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Nine Muses is clearly the work of a talented filmmaker, and there are many moments to beguile the ears as well as the eyes. Yet it's a long slog through a few thousand years of myth and history, and most viewers are likely to grow impatient.

February 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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A handsome, restful, thought-provoking film.

January 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

It's as if Akomfrah is trying to make mythological connections and undo or deny them at the same time - an alienating and misguided strategy.

January 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Engaging and pregnant with ideas, although some of the juxtapositions work better than others.

January 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Much of this is majestic. But a thought kept fidgeting in my head. Do we need quite so many dead white males singing the tragedies and trials of the black experience?

January 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Spoken word, music and imagery come together to create moments of transcendent beauty. Wise and rather wonderful.

January 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

More like a cinematic poem or art installation than a movie, this swirly collection of imagery - some new, some found - loosely traces the nine muses from Greek mythology. And it's for adventurous filmgoers only.

January 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

It's a demanding, high-brow watch, yet ably conveys the rootlessness and dislocation of the immigrant experience.

January 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The Nine Muses could've been a bravura and rigorous display of erudition and editorial showmanship that's all structure and portent, but this film, which Akomfrah has said he's wanted to make for 20 years, has an obsessive power.

October 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

[A] beautiful and beguiling film.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Screen International
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