Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s animated documentary provides necessary insight into the life of a refugee.
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Trying to imagine someone sitting down for this film, and thinking it's about a cross-country race only to discover it's about alienation, loneliness, and the small moments of connection with other people that we treasure. Once you get on the film's wavelength, it's pretty lovely even if it can also be incredibly sad and longing. While I certainly didn't care for Kent Jones' essay (Never insult The Graduate to me!), I at least like the light it sheds on the film and helped me to better understand what Hellman was going for here.
A really insightful look at the creative impulse under restrictive conditions. I also like how it blurs the lines between documentary and drama to the point where I was left wondering at the end if his handsome neighbor was truly his handsome neighbor or an actor to make the point about where the lines of filmmaking and documenting begin and end. It's an incredibly fascinating work that made me want to see more of Panahi's filmography.
Loved this. It's a masterclass in symbolism coupled with terrific performances and stunning visuals. I can only imagine how Film Twitter would have reacted to it if it had been around at the time of its release because it's not an easy film, especially where concepts of consent are considered. But the whole film is about communication from the start and whether true communication is even possible if you can't know another person's thoughts and hearts. Does everything get lost…