The Royal Road


The Royal Road (2015)



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A cinematic essay set against a contemplative backdrop of 16mm urban California landscapes, The Royal Road offers up intimate reflections on nostalgia, the pursuit of unavailable women, butch identity and Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo alongside a primer on Junipero Serra's Spanish colonization of California and the Mexican American War. Featuring a voiceover cameo by Tony Kushner. (C) Official Site

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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

Suffused with melancholy, longing, and chagrin, Jenni Olson's supple cine-essay The Royal Road is, above all, a film against forgetting.

Oct 27, 2015 | Full Review…

A breathtaking cinematic essay.

Feb 11, 2015 | Full Review…

If this ambitious film finally never quite coheres into a single whole, something which an artificial division into several chapters only helps to underline, it does provide a lot to chew on along the way.

Jan 23, 2015 | Full Review…

A poetic film essay that uses landscape photography and voiceover narration to ruminate on a wide swath of topics ...

Jan 23, 2015 | Full Review…
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It is at once a static, yet highly moving film.

Sep 6, 2016 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Even as she challenges accepted mythologies, she crafts her own both warning against nostalgia and passionately arguing for it; both being seduced and seducing at once.

Sep 6, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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