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It seems no accident that Almayer's torpor, once a heartache, spreads like tendrils throughout the film.
Akerman's formal control is, as always, astounding ...
One of the year's most hypnotic and fascinating films ...
There's little if any comfort to be found in death, just the sense that our quibbles -- few of which are so enticing as quests for buried riches -- amount to rather little.
After a powerful opening scene and reasonably strong first act, the pic slowly leaks air.
Almayer's Folly had ample opportunity to build something, but ultimately it stayed locked inside of Ackerman's head, never to truly surface.
Akerman's control of the expressive elements, particularly the performances, which are at once subdued and theatrical, and the choreography of the long takes, in which actors move through the encroaching jungle, are exceptional.
Greeted with lackluster early reviews on the festival circuit, Almayer's Folly does not bowl one over but that might partly be because its unsung, borderless subject is malaise, and its transmission.
More a formal treat than a great movie, Almayer's Folly should at least engage fans of director Chantal Akerman.
Fervently passionate and formally meticulous, the latest stunning coup for a director who's made a career of repurposing archetypal storylines.
A work of engulfing jungles and rivers, vehement and incantatory speeches, and piercing female gazes in front of and behind the camera.
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