Columbus (2017)

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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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The quietly stirring, exquisitely photographed Columbus is an art house gem that beautifully illuminates not only the architecture of a small Indiana town, but also the characters who inhabit it.

Dec 26, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Architecture has never been more romantic than in "Columbus," single-name director Kogonada's stunningly beautiful film.

Sep 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.

Sep 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.

Sep 7, 2017 | Full Review…

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

Sep 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.

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

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The indie cinema has gained another masterful director and this is right on the top of my choices for 2017. I stumbled onto this film by mistake but found the critical acclaim not an easy thing to ignore. The film is wonderfully shot with a filmmaker beginning his career with something most studio filmmakers could only dream to make. The film never betrays the characters with a forced storyline that didn't fit, it's just a true film with interesting characters attempting to discover themselves. I'm happy to say this is one of the best films of 2017 in my books. 15/01/2018.

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Brendan Nicholls

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A wonderfully assured debut from Kogonada. Not only is the movie filled with humor and insight but its also awash with fantastic shots. How John Cho never found a consistent career as a credible romantic lead is beyond me.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

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