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147 Ratings

Butter on the Latch

Directed by Josephine Decker
United States, 2013


At a folk festival deep in a California forest, Sarah reunites with her old friend Isolde for a trip of stories and sensations. But when Sarah meets and decides to seduce a handsome male camper, reality and myth become hopelessly entangled.

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Butter on the Latch Directed by Josephine Decker
Decker makes intense, visionary films. Her two features, Butter on the Latch and Thou Wast Mild and Lovely, are lyrical, but this is not a calm, contemplative, conventionally "poetic" cinema. Instead, it is full of disorientation and surprise — narrative, formal, stylistic. Every single element of film form seems to get a playful workout in her hands.
April 08, 2016
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Radical formal breaks distinguish the superb Butter on the Latch, directed by Josephine Decker. Developed from on-set improvisations and shot from a shaky handheld perspective, it judders and disorientates in odd and thrilling ways.
December 23, 2014
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Elegant and elliptical, Josephine Decker's psychodrama is a blurring of the line between waking and dream states... The abrupt movement and shallow focus of Ashley Connor's arresting cinematography affords us only the most claustrophobic view of their affairs, like an avant-garde reimagining of The Blair Witch Project.
November 11, 2014
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