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I wound up admiring the movie for its ambition while unsatisfied with its achievement.
Van Sant's influence clearly looms large, but Violet acts as more than its own artistic statement.
Despite a studied sense of detachment throughout, Devos' feature-length debut is a film of subtle power.
The film asks us to grapple with what we don't know, to the degree our patience allows. But there is so much splendor here that you may not mind the emptiness.
As a screenwriter - for this picture at least - Devos puts too much stock in his visual style to carry the meaning of a thinly plotted, snail-paced slice-of-life.
The final image, an 8-minute sequence shot, is a wonder to behold and ends the film on a perfect and perfectly poetic note.
Violet is an atmospheric drama that relies on its visuals to get the audience into the headspace of the main character. It is an arresting and intense watch that is wholly worth the experience.
I'm not sure [Bas] Devos's avant garde style suits the slight story, but the film grew on me after awhile because of some especially otherworldly scenes.
Violet is like looking at a sequence of mounted photos. You may well find its beauty if you can hold the film's gaze, but the viewer's one-way relationship to this meditation on grief is so unchanging it'd take a monk to appreciate it.
Violet is a terrific first feature from an assured, confident talent.
While Devos gets a little too wrapped up in his process, trying to remain elusive, he certainly has a vision for the endeavor that braids art with ache, looking to make sense of personal loss.
This is an exquisitely shot suburban tale of trauma, stretching the "show-don't-tell" golden rule of filmmaking to the furthest reaches.
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