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The Academy of Muses (La academia de las musas) (2016)

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A university professor teaches a class on muses in art and literature as a means of romancing his female students in this breathtaking new film from Jose Luis Guerín, director of the widely heralded In the City of Sylvia. Part relationship drama, part intellectual discourse, the film centers on a philology professor - played by actual philology professor Raffaele Pinto - and the women surrounding him: his wife and students. But as each and every player engages in debates - concerning, among other things, art, the artist's perspective, and male-female dynamics - Guerín focuses as much attention on the slippery boundary between documentary and fiction, in turn engaging with an evolving narrative, increasingly complex character dynamics, and an endlessly vivid emotional journey.

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The film is demanding, intellectually voracious, and reminiscent of Last Year at Marienbad in its brittle aestheticism.

December 8, 2016 | Full Review…

The movie-which was made on a tiny budget with a non-professional cast and no crew to speak of-finds the critical discourse in poetry and vice versa.

December 1, 2016 | Full Review…

There are several ways to look at these scenes. But all you really have to do is listen.

September 1, 2016 | Full Review…

The Academy of Muses draws viewers in and forces them to take sides along with Pinto's skeptical apprentices. By its end, the movie has transcended the boundaries of the classroom to become an educational experience in more ways than one.

August 30, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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[Director José Luis Guerín is] a meta-narrative, semi-doc mad scientist, and his new film is not only both fish and fowl, but a rarefied gender provocation of a kind that could make fourth-wave feminists' heads spin.

August 30, 2016 | Full Review…

The film that exposes its disjointed idea of ideal love, based on a structure also disjointed itself. [Full review in Spanish]

June 12, 2017 | Full Review…

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