Two artists (artists IRL, too) prepare to sell an eccentric but amazing apartment (but why?). We observe them inhabiting the same physical but not emotional space. Albertine's turn as a performance artist is humorously earnest, wrapping herself in tape, under the glow of neon lights in front of large windows, a ritual she performs often in her struggle to be seen. The house ultimately bears witness to it all.
A relationship tettering on the edge of perpetual collapse only just saved by some last second word of kindness or touch. Self involved characters bound by a need to not be totally alone though solitude is their natural state. Glimmers of hope here and there but ultimately it seems certain the whole thing will come down around them not unlike the destruction of the cake house.
Joanna Hogg does it again, delivering an incredibly moving film about a middle-aged couple struggling to accept themselves and the decisions they must make. The lack of dialogue makes the viewer think, and that is one of the best things about film and its elegance in this movie. The portraiture is comfortable and cinematography really shows the personality of the two characters.
3.5/5. Thoughtful and sensitive to aspirations, anxieties of an upper class female artist especially. The female character in the film is more restless than the male one. In other words, her anxieties are more focused; maybe it is because the director is a woman.
Lifestyle porn that makes you never want to have kids. More than that, though. While it's ludacris to Joanna Hogg the vanguard of British "middle class" realism, in twenty four hours, she's become one of my favorite living directors. Intimate portraits in from stunning new angles, bravo!
Joanna Hogg explores the unfortunate reality of a middle-aged couple through context clues of an exquisitely captured drama. Excluding pop-culture fanatics, many viewers would very easily grow fond of this picture due to its untraditional set-up, which executes very little dialogue and therefore forces the watcher to actively heed to each minute detail. Additionally, the sincere foundation gives it a relatable tone.
What this film lacks in character development and plot it makes up for in cinematography. This film takes a look at a married couple whose live's are centered around their work more than each other. Although there is little dialogue between the two of them, Liam Gillick and Viv Albertine do a fine job at portraying the characters they were given.
One of those films that I appreciate more than really enjoy. As someone else has noted, there is a certainly a luminosity to the film. The house and plants are vital aspects of the film. But I felt a general coldness and detachment (perhaps intended) which did not allow me to connect to the protagonist couple or the minutiae of their daily existence. Still, I do want to see more by this director, see where she goes.