Isn’t this what we used to praise classical Hollywood auteurs for, shaping a written material into a personal vision, a mise-en-scčne as much stylistic and thematic as it is moral? That is what Tarr has done here, and if the core of the film seems hollow, thin, and strangely vacuous . . . one of the benefits is seeing the director handling uninspired material with his personality intact.
September 30, 2007