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Suffused with melancholy, longing, and chagrin, Jenni Olson's supple cine-essay The Royal Road is, above all, a film against forgetting.
A breathtaking cinematic essay.
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.
A poetic film essay that uses landscape photography and voiceover narration to ruminate on a wide swath of topics ...
It is at once a static, yet highly moving film.
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.
Queer audiences, and those with a deep passion for Hollywood - and especially those where the two elements overlap - may get the most out of Olson's movie...
The Royal Road eschews temporality; both the film's content and presentation reflect a rejection of digital cultures and a focus on grappling with the real and fictive past.
An offbeat experimental film that mixes Spalding Gray type monologue, California history and film history. It starts off on a languid note but grows on you.
The cumulative effect is altogether perplexing, as it's difficult to tell if Olson's trying to upend clichés or settle for them.
A deeply personal, remarkably intelligent, and profoundly moving experience, Jenni Olson's The Royal Road is not easily labeled.
An utterly transfixing piece of work.
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