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Columbus (2017)



Critic Consensus: Wonderfully acted and artfully composed, Columbus balances the clean lines of architecture against the messiness of love, with tenderly moving results.

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When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin (John Cho) finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana - a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings. Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey (Haley Lu Richardson), a young architecture enthusiast who works at the local library. As their intimacy develops, Jin and Casey explore both the town and their conflicted emotions: Jin's estranged relationship with his father, and Casey's reluctance to leave Columbus and her mother. With its naturalistic rhythms and empathy for the complexities of families, debut director Kogonada's COLUMBUS unfolds as a gently drifting, deeply absorbing conversation. With strong supporting turns from Parker Posey, Rory Culkin, and Michelle Forbes, COLUMBUS is also a showcase for its director's striking eye for the way physical space can affect emotions.

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Rory Culkin
as Gabriel
Parker Posey
as Eleanor
Reen Vogel
as Cleaner
Rosalyn Ross
as Christine
Jem Cohen
as Staff
Caitlin Ewald
as Bartender
Joseph Anthony Foronda
as Prof. Jae Yong Lee
Wynn Reichert
as Miller House Guide
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Architecture has never been more romantic than in "Columbus," single-name director Kogonada's stunningly beautiful film.

September 14, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Rarely will images of mighty concrete and stone dwellings set against tranquil waters or a gentle spring shower resonate so powerfully as those on display every day in the southern Indiana city of Columbus, captured so breathtakingly in the film.

September 8, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

[Columbus] unfolds in a series of grandly composed frames that range from fanatically symmetrical interior shots to boldly geometric exterior shots showcasing the local gems.

September 7, 2017 | Full Review…

Few contemporary American films operate on this level of aesthetic precision. In a first feature, yet.

September 7, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Kogonada in his impressive feature debut applies the principles of these architects to the compositions and structure of the film, a formal tour-de-force that eclipses its modest - though affecting and impeccably acted - narrative.

September 7, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Each shot is meticulously composed without appearing mannered; the characters, often seen from a distance, make up an integral part of the landscape they occupy rather than being framed picturesquely against it.

September 1, 2017 | Full Review…
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