En la Ciudad de Sylvia (In the City of Sylvia) (2007)
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Critic Reviews for En la Ciudad de Sylvia (In the City of Sylvia)
José Luis Guerín's fifth feature puts a dreamily minimalist spin on the Orpheus myth
If nothing else, Mr. Guerin has neatly captured the sweet, erotic alienation of being a single man at his leisure in a foreign town, dazzled by the passing procession of local beauties.
The director's near-silent tour of quaint European street scenes is even more adept at making the picturesque seem pretentious, as well as at reminding you that male-model good looks don't make antisocial behavior any less creepy.
An airy, ultra-Gallic delight whose apparent weightlessness is anchored by real substance.
Audience Reviews for En la Ciudad de Sylvia (In the City of Sylvia)
See it. And I mean really SEE it. But don't see what you want to see. So sophisticated, yet utterly unpretentious. It could be the ultimate film about people-watching, but Guerin elevates the simple concept to a sophisticated piece of cinematic art.
A sensual, minimalist film about voyeurism. The film makes great use of depth of focus and reflective surfaces and also benefits from an excellent sound design. Guerín's film depicts the tranquil city atmosphere of Strasbourg, where an unnamed man (the romantic dreamer type) sits at an outdoor cafe and watches the beautiful women setting there and sketches their gestures in his notebook, trying to construct a person scribed as "Sylvie". He stalks one of the woman whom he believes is this Sylvie. For such a simple setup this film was really engrossing and in the end it captured the essence of the main character's longing and romantic fantasy (ala Vertigo). Comparing it to Vertigo may be misleading since this is not a mystery nor does it have much of a plot. It's mostly just shots of the man watching and sketching.
Simply beautiful. Beautiful place, beautiful people, beautiful cinematography, beautiful everything. You'll utterly fall in love with Strasbourg of France after watching this.