Patience (After Sebald) (2012)
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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.
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