Of course there's something very Watkins about this. But there's something else to it as well. Not quite something Munch... More like, some part of Watkins, turned over to deep, creative empathy with Munch. Like a medium, channelling the essence of Munch, asking him to co-direct the film. Layered, saturated with context, with multiple expressions of time, with feeling, with the clarity and chaos of subjectivity. 4.5
Perayaan perasaan tak terkata yg diekspresikan didetil hidup Edvard Munch hanya dapat dinikmati kaum kelas menengah atas. Untuk kaum dibawahnya, ada rasa 'terkatakan' yg belum selesai mereka benahi. Lucunya, yg bukan kaum terkutuk dg kasta rendah pun meromantisir hidup. Kegelisahan dan kegamangan yang kita tahu juga produk sampingan kebebasan, waktu luang dan privilese.
As in Alain Resnais' "Je T'Aime Je T'Aime" and "Muriel", editing is a process of living in the present by intermittent and matrix recurrences of the past, by its presence and its conflict that determines the characters who are living by memory, in thought(s), of blood and pain. It's "una cosa mentale" that fills the body of a film that, like a biotic organism, is living by and in the experience of its composition.
Though my druthers would be "La Commune" or "Punishment Park" this seems to be the work that Watkins is best known for. This meandering but rewarding endurance test is more about an artist's soul than his work and the concentration is more on a scarred upbringing and a doomed adulterous affair than the making of art. The cinematography is quite extraordinary in its naturalness. Well worth the time commitment.
3.5. The version longue is a mistake, I think. Watkins' technique becomes monotonous. The repetition, the voiceover commentary, the flashbacks, the smoky bars, Edvard's sullen mug. "And so for the fifteenth time in the picture Munch held an exhibition that received a universally hostile reception," etc.
Outstanding. It reflects around the life of Edvard Munch in a really psychological and poetic way, but still easy to watch and enjoy. The cinematographic compositions feels just like Much’s pictures. And the way of storytelling really sets you inn to the age witch the story takes place. The whole movie feels so truly dedicated to the art, life and time of Edvard Munch. The best Norwegian movie I have ever seen!
just like edvard munch's painting style, watkin's style of directing is also abstract, it's kinda difficult at first but getting more clearer towards the finale especially the last hour, and definitely not enough to watch this just one time especially for amateur like me, and oddly, the least abstract thing in this movie for me is the abstract painting itself..