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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.
Pure pleasure and pure cinema.
An airy, ultra-Gallic delight whose apparent weightlessness is anchored by real substance.
The artist's notebook is ultimately identified with the film itself, and the wind that blows its pages back and forth in the last sequence may be [director José Luis] Guerín's playfully proposed alternative to classical time-driven structure.
...it is "In the City of Sylvia"'s simplicity that makes it impossible to summarize, jettisoning plot for an enigmatic, open-ended cinematic tone.
José Luis Guerín's fifth feature puts a dreamily minimalist spin on the Orpheus myth
Sylvia is modern myth-making in a quiet register, and it's quite seductive once you give in to its playful rhythms.
It's really quite beautiful and playful and mysterious, and in an unconventional way is a love letter to what seems lost but can still be recalled.
full review at Movies for the Masses
What would be a great idea for a 20-minute short may be a disaster as a feature film.
Would be trying if not for the confidence, grace and subtlety with which José Luis Guerín handles his deliberately open-ended material.
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