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402 Ratings


Directed by Isiah Medina
Canada, 2015


You can not pay your bill. Your heat and lights are cut. You pay. The clocks initially flash 88:88. You set the clocks. You can not pay. You pay. 88:88. Repeat. 88:88. Cut. You stop setting your clock to the time of the world. You make do with suspension. 88:88.

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88:88 Directed by Isiah Medina
The images to me have a beautiful natural flow—I don’t see them as jarring or stuttery—and the soundtrack, like in a lot of films, at least initially seems like an afterthought. I think that obviously this is the sort of film that we are invited to re-watch/re-listen to.
April 05, 2016
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As a means of cinematically rendering the poor outside of “cry of the fishmongers” condescension or reductive melodrama,88:88 is fascinating. But it’s truly worth watching for its boundless sense of enthusiasm, its heart-on-sleeve desire to capture the essence of everything on film, be it a still life of a sunbeam perfectly striking the indent of a pillow on which a head recently slept, or one of Medina’s friends as they alternate between rhetorical and conversational dialogues.
April 04, 2016
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From its opening frames, Isiah Medina’s first feature 88:88announces itself as a torrential carousel of images and sounds, with one seemingly independent from the next even as they teeter along the same line of questioning… Medina uses a variety of camera technologies to interrogate a specific situation of young adulthood that nonetheless consumes the viewer in its visceral flashes of intimacy.
October 09, 2015
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