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This is a film, then, about a place of death giving meanings for life.
What we see in Heddy Honigmann's understated, touching documentary are the ways that people reach out to the abstract.
Honigmann develops, with deceptive casualness, a few unforgettable character studies and one of the purest, most moving motion pictures of the year.
Achieves something more resonant than a Solemn Affirmation of the Immortal Spirit of Art.
Without digging up a single rotting, worm-infested corpse or skeleton, Honigmann's lovely, elegant meditation nevertheless exposes haunting truths about Père-Lachaise and the visitors who fill it with such incongruous life and vivacity.
Honigmann's subtle asides -- moody cuts to mournful statuary, insects crawling over tombs -- all speak to her art-is-immortal theme.
Forever [is] an infinitely touching documentary about the Père Lachaise cemetery and its visitors.
Experiencing art beyond the grave
meditative and measured
At times a little pretentious, but a reasonable, not perfect, meditation on art and beauty and the relation of the living artist with the dead who have contributed to his art.
It's a surprisingly upbeat and moving film considering it's set at a cemetery.
To be honest, a 90-minute documentary about a cemetery sounds about as exciting as spending 90 minutes in a cemetery. But surprisingly, Forever turns out to be a much-better film than that would suggest.
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