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Story of My Death

Història de la meva mort

Directed by Albert Serra
Spain, France, 2013
Fantasy, Avant-Garde


Casanova gets to know his new manservant, who will bear witness to his final days of life. Leaving a French château with its typical 18th century atmosphere of licentiousness, he spends his final days in impoverished, dismal northern Europe.

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Story of My Death Directed by Albert Serra
One vanishing roué's tragedy is another's comedy in Serra's cerebral anti-period piece, a string of captivating-lugubrious digital compositions with a lambent natural light that progressively darkens, as if wrapped more and more within the Transylvanian Count's cape.
November 17, 2015
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To describe Serra's vision out loud is to parody it, but the picture is drenched in allusions, meanings, and whispers of games; as a viewer, your guess on the narrative significance of any individual scene is as good as anybody else's. One way of putting it might be that the thirty-eight-year-old Catalan filmmaker builds a narrative with isolated tableaux—his shots linger in my memory like the Met's most opulent still lifes.
November 18, 2014
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Like the sly change it makes to the title of Casanova's memoirs (Story of My Life), Serra's film refocuses from life towards the eternally approaching end. Cryptic, patient, and playful, Story of My Death is a singular if taxing fantasy, leaving much to be uncovered.
November 19, 2014
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