Unique, beautifully shot essay about the work of the influential writer W.G. Max Sebald (1944-2001). Gee ventures to East Anglia to provide an impression of Sebald and the latter’s most famous book The Rings of Saturn. A film about landscape, art, history, life and loss.
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A fascinating look into place and space as prescribed by German author W.G Sebald. The structure of his writing draws parallels with the documentary work of Chris Marker. Seemingly unrelated vignettes, facts and observations come together to form a portrait of humanity that seems impossible to have arrived at in any normal linear manner. 4 stars
An interesting attempt to mix the bio-documentary and the essay film. Some moments very reminiscent of Sans Soleil. There's a bit of a conflict between the straight documentary and the more discursive essay film that is never resolved for me in a fully satisfying manner. As interesting as the bio part of the film is, a more pure essay type film of just Sebald's words and Gee's images would have been exciting to see.
Poetic (and aptly named) documentary retraces the steps of W.G. Sebald's book, "The Rings of Saturn," evoking his meandering style in its appreciation of the landscapes and people of rural Europe. Beautifully shot in the grainy black and white style of Sebald's favored photographs, the film is an impressionist appreciation that eschews conventional film structure in lieu of feelings and textures.
Two years ago Karthik warmly rec'ed Patience as "A new genre: not a road movie but a walking movie. A peregrination film!" I got so late to it bc of the unhurried, pensive perambulation it took in my direction, in its Pythagorean quest to spot along the way intuitive proportions between sounds, sights, orbital resonance of orbicular routes - that musica universalis whose unique measure note is withheld in the puzzle.