Critic Reviews for Austerlitz
The present-day worth of preserved Holocaust death camps is tacitly addressed in Sergei Loznitsa's brilliant observational doc.
Exhibiting a simplicity and intellectual acuity that is far too rare in the field of documentary, Loznitsa has created a film whose cumulative impact will stay with you long after you watch it.
The film's visual and spatial incongruities impose tacit condemnation-a kind of guilt-by-participation determination-but, more plaintively, the contrasts allow for a sustained contemplation of the elegiac, of memorialization.
...it is precisely the director's economy and calm before this loaded historical subject that makes Austerlitz all the more powerful.
To watch his film is to simply watch people walk in the footsteps of atrocity and wear their natural, instantaneous unguarded responses.
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