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  1. Henri de Corinth's rating of the film Poto and Cabengo

    Strange that I waited so long to see this since it takes two things that are very important to me as its subjects: twin studies and theoretical linguistics. It's very good in that it simply regards the two girls as people rather than as phenomena (Gorin is 'semantic' rather than 'syntactic' I guess) and it made me think of my old college books by Wittgenstein, Kripke, Chomsky, Saussure, et al…

  2. Andrew Miller's rating of the film Poto and Cabengo

    I'm haunted by the sad hopes in their faces, as they move into a house they won't be able to keep.

  3. Sudipto Basu's rating of the film Poto and Cabengo

    I have a massive, massive ache for Gorin's American films.

  4. lilya's rating of the film Poto and Cabengo

  5. José Neves's rating of the film Poto and Cabengo

    Like his previous metalanguage partner (that with "Adieu au Langage", in 3D, says hello to a new language), for Gorin the question is also of what and how to say, a determinant in the choice of films he made and in the way he did it, like this extraordinary document. It's an investigation which derives as an essay that finds a politicized discourse about the illusory life of petty bourgeois in US.

  6. Eleanor Abernathy's rating of the film Poto and Cabengo

    i find stories like this incredibly interesting but i wish this one had focused more on the linguistics of the twin's language rather than the money gained from filming them. maybe i just didn't get it.

  7. El Biffo's rating of the film Poto and Cabengo

    A fascinating study. Nature or nurture? Seeing the grandmother's inability to learn English, the mom's strange accent and wigs, and the bizarre fake fireplace suggest the latter. The scene of the grade school teacher teaching Grace "The Pledge of Allegiance" and "My Country Tis of Thee" is just sad, and also very telling. Camera by Les Blank, credits also to indy producer Tom Luddy and chef Alice Waters.

  8. Cole Caudle's rating of the film Poto and Cabengo

    A stunning movie. Why the heck has Gorin not made more films? These essays from the 1980s are full of clear sighted humanity.

  9. I B's rating of the film Poto and Cabengo

    that the text "What are they saying?" scrolling across the screen in English registers as more aberrant than the twins' language is a testament to Gorin's ingenuity and compassion.

  10. prestidigitator's rating of the film Poto and Cabengo

    if all those black screens were a metaphor of alienation it only hit me in retrospect, trying to find some sense. during the film i felt more the struggle of a filmmaker a bit uncertain about what he has on his hands...

  11. StellaWasaDiver's rating of the film Poto and Cabengo

    Fascinating examination of environment and communication, and the effects they have upon each other. I made the mistake of googling the twins' whereabouts now and it's kinda depressing. I think they might have been better off before they were pulled out of their own world.

  12. Brotherdeacon's rating of the film Poto and Cabengo

    The film has been with me, the girls have been with me. I can't think of a more balanced documentarian approach, not intellectually, but emotionally--which made the viewing (and its after-taste) that much richer. Those dear little weird twins and their ektachrome world together (DK mentioned Darger-directed Godot) wasn't merely informative, but inviting. We all know their language, not linguist's terrain, but love's.

  13. DK's rating of the film Poto and Cabengo

    Really splendid and heartbreaking. The use of freeze-frame, and text, and multiple narrators, fell fascinatingly somewhere between Marker and a Godard with heart. Some lovely camera work too from Les Blank (Burden of Dreams). The film itself seems like a reprieve in a story of sadness that you can only imagine gets much sadder afterwards. Someone said the girls' interaction was like a Darger-directed Godot.

  14. Eliecer's rating of the film Poto and Cabengo

    "I want to go with you." The unfortunate story of Tom Kennedy and his twin girls.

  15. Josh Tierney's rating of the film Poto and Cabengo

    I recall a rumour, put forth by Jean-Pierre Gorin himself, that he'll have his own Eclipse box soon. Hopefully this will be on it.

  16. Aaron G.'s rating of the film Poto and Cabengo

    Extraordinary and heartbreaking film.

  17. Yuki Aditya's rating of the film Poto and Cabengo

    Devastating, yes society is mean-spirited.