♡ https://vimeo.com/205364091 Seeing this come into being under Stian's wand, I realized how being picky, pertinent & helpful isn't easy. Those who exalt (for good reason) and exult at "Où gît votre sourire enfoui?" glide cheerfully over directors' mali/delicious squabbles, forgetting even Costa's metafilm is a fruit of painstaking second-split selection. Cinephiles aren't a fortiori cinemakers, let alone innovators.
Has me thinking about how surveillance, voyeurism, horror films, bodily experience, subject and object sometimes collapse into each other. Truly horrible, sublime, and a nightmare critique of our dark world. There is so much to think about and experience here that I consider my comments and rating to be provisional and likely far off of where I will end up after time to digest and reexperience.
I recently finished *Hainge's book wherein he argues for Grandrieux's cinema as a tactile/immersive experience rather than a strictly narrative one. With that in mind, I liked the underexposure since it pushes one to concentrate on what's happening, engulfing them in a sense. The titular 'surveillance' implies not just me the viewer 'surveilling' but also the possibility of 'being surveilled' out in that darkness.
"Stronger than the world night of dark plots
delights the emptiness of the sleeping body that burst
in stars when a dream plants the wine in the back of your head
And birds into stone from the pike land."