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Almayer's Folly Reviews

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Amy Taubin
August 4, 2015
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.
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
July 1, 2013
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.
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
August 15, 2012
More a formal treat than a great movie, Almayer's Folly should at least engage fans of director Chantal Akerman.
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
August 9, 2012
It seems no accident that Almayer's torpor, once a heartache, spreads like tendrils throughout the film.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
August 7, 2012
Akerman's formal control is, as always, astounding ...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
August 7, 2012
One of the year's most hypnotic and fascinating films ...
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
August 6, 2012
Fervently passionate and formally meticulous, the latest stunning coup for a director who's made a career of repurposing archetypal storylines.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Nordine
L.A. Weekly
July 18, 2012
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.
Fernando F. Croce
House Next Door
September 12, 2011
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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Leslie Felperin
September 7, 2011
After a powerful opening scene and reasonably strong first act, the pic slowly leaks air.
Emanuel Levy
August 26, 2012
| Original Score: B+
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