I tried very hard to like this but, of course, that was a silly idea. And all too aware of my tendency to eagerly (some say viciously) seek out and make accusations of pretentiousness or self-consciousness, it seems the turgid hollowness of the New York art scene has headed south and clogged the bottom of the Southern cone. The bourgeois should really not play at art, no matter how hard they fail to work at it.
A fascinating glimpse into the work and mind of artist Nicola Costantino. Her work, which is hard to categorize, is examined at both the core creation level and at the exhibition level. The film doesn't follow any narrative line or traditional time flow but flits in and out of her past career as we watch her finalize her Venice show on Eva Peron. A bold creative film that brought to mind 'The Artist is Present'.
Between 4-5 for me, the 5th star would rather go to the artist. This film is an insight into a world and a mind of an artist, letting us to understand (try to) how an artist's mind works. Fortunately, the artist has a vision, ideas, interest for the world. Interesting how living entities (including human) after death become objects for an artist, this, in my view, helps to understand how an artist may view the world.
I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, for it's not an easy journey, but this doesn't state that I haven't enjoyed it: it's a fine documentary, capable to make some who doesn't know Nicola Costantino's work curious enough to search for it. The pace is really good! I wasn't in a hurry for it to end. I was just trying to get at least 3% of her mind. "Cómo se mide la distancia con nuestro pasado?"
I found particularly interesting the remark about how even if it looks like nothing is going on ("like a long middle age"), it's the path to find out the kind of art you want to make. Especially nowadays: it feels like we're in a race to achieve some aims without really being conscious why... Nicola's website is very interesting too (you can view all those pictures in big frames that appear in the film).
I liked it. I didn't know about Costantino before this. The style reminded me of 20,000 days on earth, the Nic Cave bio - but this isn't as enjoyable or emotionally engaging as that - though the house in this is incredibly beautiful. I'd watch this on TV - but I'd feel let down if I'd seen it in the cinema.