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432 Ratings


Directed by Angela Schanelec
France, Germany, 2010


At the Paris airport, a woman falls for a stranger, a family heads to a funeral, a couple lose touch, a wife reads her husband’s break-up letter. All wait for their planes. Absorbed in their immediate fates, they move through the impeccably structured space, unaware of a looming threat outside.

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Orly Directed by Angela Schanelec

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  • Rubia Carolina's rating of the film Orly

    The film is quite honest in its approach of this time suspended, of this temporary site that marks the non-presence, the transitory. The dialogues, short, long, unfinished, banal, depict the transience of such situations and the relation between public space and intimacy. In the stillness of waiting, only and outside factor is able to break such passivity.

  • chanandre's rating of the film Orly

    [1000 films directed by Women] Broken beyond repair. Letting you go. Easy it ain't. This town smells of you. The scent of your broken promises still lingers. Those hugs for show still hover. Those deceitfuls 'can't even' have not evaporated yet. My pain still travel with you on my nécessaire kit. I wish you were recyclable. Apparently not. Lashes to rashes to ashes. Fade out. # o.r.l.y = oblivion. really. loves. you.

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film Orly

    MOBILIS IN MOBILE Les choses ne durent pas ... la vie change ... nous sommes en mouvement dans un monde en mouvement ...

  • sharunasbresson's rating of the film Orly

    no need of a close up to get close to a character; an arm reaching for a shoulder, the head that turns to look that hand put on your shoulder... just medium shots, or maybe close up of a place. great!

  • Ralph Melcher's rating of the film Orly

    “I don’t understand...We’re driven by something, and no one can help.” After watching four films by Schanelec, this one made me a fan. Incredibly well-structured, a sequence of conversations in an airport, reflections at the end of a relationship, people headed in many directions, striving through questions for rare, precious connections, journeys interrupted by unexpected events. “Where are you going?” Life.

  • David's rating of the film Orly

    I am fascinated by Schanelec's movies. Her perspective on time space and what lies hidden in conversations. How time and space conduct what we say and what we observe. The airport where, in spite of time and place, there is a curious freedom. Underneath the banality there is tension; the coat, the bag in the bin, conversations leading to revelations. Schanelec's people are always real and, somehow, familiar.

  • Rafael Fonseca's rating of the film Orly

    Orly (my Orly!). Schanelec has an acuity for human relationships and in this airport, as opposed to the meandering Marseille everything is in a calm chokepoint, literalized by the Vigipirate siege at the end and that shot of the vacant complex. From "please don't try to call me" to "stop talking about dad" to "can I find you there?" and the silent ignoring of words, she gets the little things, gestures, looks.

  • between7skies's rating of the film Orly

    I am completely hooked on Shanelec's films, her non narrational approach to the screen, her penetration observation of the human condition, in piecing the whole from fragments. However had mixed feelings about this film some of the conversations or performances felt a bit forced, although the premise of the film is very compelling. We are all travellers and strangers in the sea of life.

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