For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.
Kritiker-recensioner
Baden Baden
Rachel Lang Belgien, 2016
If the abbreviated version of Ana was self-assured, Baden Baden’s is the opposite. Unsure, doubtful, and vulnerable. She is, however, refreshingly in embrace of her confusion that at this juncture in her life that marks more a digression than regression.
November 30, 2016
Läs hela artikeln
It’s very fresh and often very funny stuff, communicated in a direct, unforced style. The movie is so unconcerned with narrative momentum, however, that the viewer may be apt to forget there’s even a story in the first place. This is not nearly as annoying as it might sound. That’s partly because Ana is such good company.
November 24, 2016
Läs hela artikeln
Cinematographer Fiona Braillon shoots the dressed and the undressed blithely and attentively, in compositions suffused with summertime light, against which Ana is forever squinting. When more conventionally dramatic events occur, they aren’t interruptions of a frivolous milieu but the consequences of relationships that may be playful, but are never insulated from the wider world Lang economically motions toward.
November 22, 2016
Läs hela artikeln
The film unfolds at such a remove from feeling and formalism that the film plays like it’s been methodically configured to snuff out an even marginal indulgence of its characters’ emotions… The trouble with Lang’s approach, whether favoring long shots or relying on a predictably gnomic structure for scenes and dialogue, is that little comes into focus by the film’s conclusion except for the fact that, well, life remains a distorted progression of stops and starts for those involved.
November 21, 2016
Läs hela artikeln
Shots of Ana removing the bath and instaling a shower, alongside the docile Gregoire, who she met at a DIY store, become one of the film’s many architectural vignettes. The scenes work to uproot and reimagine film history’s use of the shower scene as a space where physical and metaphorical violences against women take place. Baden Baden’s bathroom is the backdrop for Shakespearian comic relief and gives structure to the film’s intentionally aimless, episodic narrative.
September 27, 2016
Läs hela artikeln
It’s an intimate, at times seemingly whimsical narrative that appears to drift almost free-associatively from episode to episode. But it’s unified by a distinctive humour and intelligence, crisp visuals, and Richard’s intensely charismatic presence.
February 12, 2016
Läs hela artikeln
Very little happens in terms of a traditional plot, though Lang manages to keep things interesting enough through an eclectic blend of minimal realism, deadpan comedy and a handful of sequences bordering on the surreal, including a recurring dream where Ana follows Boris through the jungle like Eve in the Garden of Eden.
February 12, 2016
Läs hela artikeln