"Tren de sombras" is, by far, the greatest achievement of recent Spanish cinema. Guerín creates a unique mixture of documentary, found footage and experimental narrative in order to reveal the deepest nature of art. A fascinating, reflective masterpiece.
like Sylvia could be real, but she doesn't have to - what's the difference? same here, what's the difference between shadows of things and "real" things? on one side we have Arthur Rembaud, that same Rembaud who wandered his entire life in a search for so many different state of mind and soul, living surrealism, like Breton would say. on the other side, we have Fernando Pessoa and more than 70 different names
Stunningly beautiful if a little sombre at times. Like a lovely melding together of Patrick Keiller, Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, and Blow Up. Guerin reveals (and revels in) those temporal, ghostly shadows that underlie film-making, the 'thingness' of film brought entirely to the surface and made sensual. I got chills during the freeze frames. Art as artifact--that is, full of unseen, undetected history.