Mary Poppins Returns
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The film is finally only an enjoyable tour, almost devoid of the book's resonances.
Sometimes the scenery is breathtaking, but more often the narration lends the landscape an interest it wouldn't otherwise have.
A visionary composition on a series of spoken reflections about a literary work - itself full of layered free-association - Gee's intricate, prismatic film might sound as if it must be buried in abstraction.
In a way, Patience is a lot like how one of its interview subjects describes an attempt to do Sebald's walk: He says he could retrace the steps, but not the experiences, or the revelations.
Curious souls new to this writer will discover a useful introduction (including passages from "The Rings of Saturn," read by the actor Jonathan Pryce) and a handy map.
Retraces Sebald's steps, reuniting the novel's descriptions of actual places and spaces with their images and weaving in illuminating commentary from admirers (Rick Moody, Robert McFarlane).
Thoughtful, discursive and somewhat mesmeric, Patience (After Sebald) is an unusual piece of filmmaking, yet Gee's film functions well as a solid introductory primer to Sebald's books.
How do you unpick a literary work with a film camera? Ideally with plenty of imagination, which is what Gee has done here.
A fresh, strange, downbeat new entry to the "nonfiction art film" genre.
A wide-ranging piece of literary criticism brought to vivid cinematic life, bursting with ideas and inspired visual translations of them.
Grant Gee's film should make anyone want to read The Rings of Saturn and the rest of Sebald's relatively small but exquisite oeuvre, some eight or nine books in all.
Gee, who made the award-winning Joy Division, conducts his quiet study with considerable skill...
Informative, compelling, and haunting. I really loved this film.
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