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2.7
204 Valutazioni

Tower

Diretto da Kazik Radwanski
Canada, 2012
Drammatico

Trama

Tower centres on a thirty-four year old man, Derek, who lives at home with his parents in Toronto, Canada. Unlike his married brother who is expecting a baby, Derek is single and without a career…

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Tower Diretto da Kazik Radwanski
Tower, more than most films of its kind, is deeply observational, and the intimacy it achieves with its protagonist makes it one of the most effective character studies of the past several years. Radwanski’s aesthetic, carefully honed over the course of his three well-regarded shorts, is exceptionally rigorous… and the results are as impressively singular as they are often distressingly suffocating.
March 18, 2013
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There are Proustian incantations and CGI screens, peerlessly elegant visual jokes, a personal look at Chile’s past that’s more resonantly political than any of Pablo Larraín’s Pinochet-era dramas, plus an absurdly lovely metaphor for filmmaking in the main character’s collection of model ships in bottles. Aptly, it closes on a séance: Here we are attempting to analyze a great director’s swan song, while he chuckles softly from the hereafter.
September 22, 2012
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Although unassuming, the film’s stubbornness lingers in memory and acquires a touching aspect in its commitment to a lost character that seems a warped distillation of certain Canadian traits. That Tower is a rare, uncorrupted from of regional cinema also finds expression in its central animal antagonist (and possible metaphorical double): after all, Toronto is Raccoon City.
September 01, 2012
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Recensioni e valutazioni

  • Harold Saxon's rating of the film Tower

    It feels like the main character is an exaggerated form of how some people perceive themselves: constantly doing something so horrifically taboo that no one wants to mention it. The giant scar on his face is a great symbol for this: it's so obvious, but no one is willing to talk about it. And when they do, he makes up some excuse and refuses to actually address the issue or seek help.

  • Eric Sherwood's rating of the film Tower

    Oh god that animation had me doubling over in my seat. OH OH that hit way to close to home.

  • Warren Spratley's rating of the film Tower

    The tone & narrative structure of TOWER push toward misdeed, violation of some sort. Simultaneously, Radwanski privileges energy dedicated 2 psychological hesitancy & aimlessness. The mise-en-scene is nearly non-existent: abrupt jump cuts, relentless close-ups & mediums, no real establishing shots, primarily constructive editing. What does society do w/ those without drive, distinction, or determination of any kind?

  • FilmEdie's rating of the film Tower

    There's something unique about Radwanski's approach that really does deserve more than 2(.5) stars. A film as unpleasantly awkward as its protagonist, but never exploitative, exploring the character with an unmerited depth of grace... eliciting empathy, almost against the viewer's will, via uncomfortable, visceral close-ups and other impositions of intimacy. Like a nice & well-intended but unwanted, onerous gift.

  • nessmj's rating of the film Tower

    3.5 - very strong first full length - the camera almost entirely resting on Derek's face, often cutting and taking another position with the initial cut out of focus. a view that is very connected to a character who is very disconnected both from himself and from societal norms. a strange inspection of those who live as outsiders and how this person in particular floats through life.

  • 2multo's rating of the film Tower

    The in your face, home movie feel adds to the reality of this uncomfortableness. The disturbing, ongoing shakiness, and one dimensional shooting style forces us to see Derek honestly, even though we want to ignore him, look away, not accept that we all know people like him. He's not a hero or handsome, but a person bored with family & friends. No escapist fantasy here, just honest and gritty realism. And it's enough.

  • Furio Spinosi's rating of the film Tower

    Interesting. The raccoon thing is obviously a metaphor for him not being able to change his life. He just leaves the animal in the house and he flees. That's what most people do with issues in their lives, he's just an exaggerated depiction of that. I don't even think he's got Asperger. He seems to be able to socialize and do a lot of stuff, yet he still doesn't have any interest in life.

  • David R Williams's rating of the film Tower

    So I forced myself to sit through 36 minutes of this before turning it off. I started thinking of turning it off about 15-20 minutes in. I was sick of Derek's face, sick of his attitude and sick of his inarticulateness. I don't need to like a character but I do need to at least find them interesting in some fashion. Nothing here but surface rendered in relentless searching close ups - with nothing to find.

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