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43 Ratings

24 Exposures

Directed by Joe Swanberg
United States, 2013
Thriller, Horror


A fetish photographer and a homicide detective are brought together when a young model turns up dead. They develop an unlikely friendship, as both are interested in what the other does for a living.

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24 Exposures Directed by Joe Swanberg
Some half-baked ideas about representation versus reality emerge in the lax improvised dialogue that has become the director’s trademark. Swanberg claims to have taken inspiration from the soft-core porno thrillers that premiered on late-night cable throughout the 1990s, which may explain why the prurient sex scenes show greater finesse than those of his other movies.
February 05, 2014
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Is Swanberg pre-empting complaints about his methods by making a film about an artist who is, if not a killer, then at least creepy and unreflective? Maybe, maybe not. But the question will only interest people who follow Swanberg’s career. Everyone else will look at “24 Exposures” and see a meandering, indifferently acted thriller that’s saying something, but not too clearly.
January 24, 2014
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Deconstructions of eroticism and creative compulsion are Swanberg’s stock-in-trade, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that 24 Exposures never allows its sex and nudity (it has plenty of both) to titillate. Instead, it either de-eroticizes its T&A by presenting it as work, or contextualizes it within emotional dynamics—among Billy, his girlfriend Alex (Caroline White), and models Callie (Sophia Takal) and Rebecca (Helen Rogers)—that emphasize anxiety over sexual tension.
January 23, 2014
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