Baden Baden Reviews

  • Nov 29, 2016

    While there have been several films to come out in the last few years to center around the listlessness/anguish of being a contemporary twenty-something, none of them approach the avant garde like this French movie does. Rachel Lang, making an outstanding feature-directorial debut here, gives a very valued aesthetic to the movie that never feels derivative, and always feels organic. It's a fully immersive film that's often fun and occasionally heartbreaking, forgoing a traditional plot, yet concentrating on other elements that make it more illuminating a character study. Using an editing style that is as elliptic as it is organic, and effortless camera work that augments the material, Baden Baden is truly passionate filmmaking, and includes dreamy imagery that's among the year's most memorable. Certain to be one of the 2016's most slept-on great films, and the most ethical movie for Generation Y since Francis Ha.

    While there have been several films to come out in the last few years to center around the listlessness/anguish of being a contemporary twenty-something, none of them approach the avant garde like this French movie does. Rachel Lang, making an outstanding feature-directorial debut here, gives a very valued aesthetic to the movie that never feels derivative, and always feels organic. It's a fully immersive film that's often fun and occasionally heartbreaking, forgoing a traditional plot, yet concentrating on other elements that make it more illuminating a character study. Using an editing style that is as elliptic as it is organic, and effortless camera work that augments the material, Baden Baden is truly passionate filmmaking, and includes dreamy imagery that's among the year's most memorable. Certain to be one of the 2016's most slept-on great films, and the most ethical movie for Generation Y since Francis Ha.