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In the City of Sylvia

En la ciudad de Sylvia

Directed by José Luis Guerín
Spain, France, 2007
Avant-Garde, Romance


Thirty years after Buñuel’s last work, his fellow countryman José Luis Guerín comes up with a new, acclaimed, sensual film also about “that obscure object of desire”, as a young painter arrives in Strasbourg in search of a woman who bewitched him six years earlier.

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In the City of Sylvia Directed by José Luis Guerín
Despite this setback, [the man] continues searching and pining the next day, haunted by Sylvia’s visage. Only a true hopeless romantic would find a strange kind of nobility in this character’s obsessiveness. Perhaps more than any of his other films, In the City of Sylvia lays bare Guerín’s heart in ways that are alternately enchanting and disturbing.
September 01, 2016
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The funniest Vertigo remake since The Black Dahlia, a knowing, sun-blessed evocation of the power of the look, the eye’s or the camera’s, to capture the present-tenseness of an image, and an elegy to moments fixed in (past) time.
August 24, 2016
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It’s something of a masterpiece, filled with beguiling intangibles and apparent contradictions. It begs for its own field of study; let’s call it Sylviology.
March 22, 2016
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