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3.8
130 Ratings

Counting

Directed by Jem Cohen
United States, 2015
Documentary

Synopsis

A personal, essayistic documentary in 15 chapters. The director composes images, sound and music with remarkable intensity, combining them into a hypnotic foray through the metropolises of our world: New York, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Istanbul, Porto and a city intended to remain unknown.

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Counting Directed by Jem Cohen
I was startled and moved when Counting suddenly took me back to a place I knew: VDNKh, the sprawling Moscow park and exhibition centre that was once a showcase for Soviet industry under Stalin before capitalism transformed it into a fairground and market.
June 22, 2017
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Hewing closely to the tradition of documentary as a diaristic essay, Jem Cohen’s Counting moves from New York to Sharjah as the cinema eye ruminates on street life, destruction, displacement and disparate urban portraiture. Divided into 15 chapters, Counting seldom forces any conclusions, drawing on the viewers’ emotional responses to its alternately lyrical structure and literal depictions — the removal of Brooklyn’s iconic Kentile Floors sign among them.
August 05, 2015
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New York-based artist Jem Cohen has an uncanny ability that tends to evade many would-be essayistic filmmakers, which is to effectively expand the meaning of his footage in its assemblage. Shot diary-style across the world, his new feature, the Chris Marker-inspired travelogue Counting, is intensely intimate, bringing us into his way of looking at the world around him, while inviting the viewer to interact with the sounds and images.
July 30, 2015
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What are people saying?

  • Michael Rozek's rating of the film Counting

    This film only shows you the entire world--and the full depth of existence, life and being. Therefore, it is one of the greatest films ever made. Demand nothing from it, and it will give you...everything.

  • Greengage girl's rating of the film Counting

    There was sum-thing that made it more than all of its fascinating parts. A flow of imagery that yes, describes our society with a singular world-view, but somehow manages to be poetic, with even a touch of the personal to anchor it. An all-time favorite.

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Counting

    SFIFF@PFA 23April2016 A travelogue of the social deterioration that developers are creating all over the world. As newer, bigger, "nicer" buildings spring up, existing communities disintegrate. Not much talking in this picture; these pictures are saying "What can you say?". What can you say when people who have lived their whole lives in a place are replaced by hi-rises, security cameras, and police w body armor and

  • josé neves's rating of the film Counting

    Digital. Indie Lisboa's Jem Cohen retrospective. The accumulation of images and times through an analogic (ir)rational time editing by great world's observers as Baillie or Beavers, found in the material support the apropriateness of their discursiveness in a dialectical symbiosis. With Cohen, through video, one only finds an inadequacy between matter, form and editing, resulting in an uninteresting experience.

  • Lucas Granero's rating of the film Counting

    Siguiendo la tradición del cineasta viajero, Cohen entrega su película más cohesiva aunque toda ella esta compuesta por puros retazos. Postales de viajes interminables, algunos breves, otros más largos, contemplación que se vuelve abstracción, jet lag visual que alucina la percepción. El ojo de Cohen no es nada turístico y va en busca de la belleza adormilada que yace oculta en los rincones. Y siempre la encuentra

  • Katya Kazbek's rating of the film Counting

    Not Chris Marker. Not anything. Navel gazing with a camera in tow. I could tell you more interesting, personal, affecting stories about NYC, Moscow, Istanbul, even Cairo where I’ve never been, than this, and it hurt me so much to watch voids. Why take such beauty, such depth and limit it to randomly pasted together footage?

  • Eric Rucker's rating of the film Counting

    I have film scurvy and rickets from the last few years of limited nutrieints in Mubi’s menu. So at first this felt like fresh oj and kale, but wasn’t. Damn those precious intertitles, the hotel curtain schtick, the elbowing to say “Chris Marker, dude!” Made me wish a profound vision like Vivian Maier had had digital film gear. Give me Baillie, Benning, Stratman, Rappmund, Bonnetta, Sniadecki, Raffman, Lav Diaz, and!

  • Nicole's rating of the film Counting

    Patti Smith produced this! And Jem Cohen clearly still loves Fugazi members Ben if they are physically not in this film. Beautiful but you need to be patient to consume this

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