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Patience (After Sebald) Reviews

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
May 11, 2012
Sometimes the scenery is breathtaking, but more often the narration lends the landscape an interest it wouldn't otherwise have.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
May 10, 2012
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
May 10, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 8, 2012
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
May 8, 2012
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).
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
May 8, 2012
A fresh, strange, downbeat new entry to the "nonfiction art film" genre.
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Ronnie Scheib
May 8, 2012
This deconstructive pic never wields Sebald's subversive power but follows evocatively in his wake.
Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine
May 6, 2012
A wide-ranging piece of literary criticism brought to vivid cinematic life, bursting with ideas and inspired visual translations of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip French
Observer (UK)
January 29, 2012
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.

London Evening Standard
January 27, 2012
Gee, who made the award-winning Joy Division, conducts his quiet study with considerable skill...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Xan Brooks
January 27, 2012
In keeping with the spirit of Sebald's writing, Gee's film is teasing, elegant and perhaps inevitably unresolved: an invitation as opposed to a destination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
January 26, 2012
Grant Gee's documentary is very winning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
January 26, 2012
If you haven't read the book, you'll want to. If you have read the book, you'll want to read it again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
January 23, 2012
With so many films adapted from novels, it's nice to see cinema paying homage to unheralded greats of literature like Sebald.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sam Wigley
Total Film
January 16, 2012
As Jonathan Pryce reads passages and academic voices take turns to chew over Sebald's visionary opus, B&W footage of country roadsides and wind-blasted coastlines turns rural Suffolk into something truly otherworldly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 18, 2013
The film is finally only an enjoyable tour, almost devoid of the book's resonances.
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
May 10, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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