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227 Ratings

Ada Kaleh

Directed by Helena Wittmann
Germany, 2018
Avant-Garde, Short


An indeterminate location, summer. The inhabitants of a shared apartment ask themselves where they might live. They imagine countries, communities, and places. Time passes and nothing can change that. At some point, they all drift into a deep sleep.

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Ada Kaleh Directed by Helena Wittmann
The structure is simple and hypnotic: Wittman pans across an apartment, catching a changing roster of inhabitants in conversation, in repose, at work, and in absentia, forever in a even, idyllic afternoon light. Prefaced with polyglot narration about an unsteady world, Wittman captures young bohemia in suffocating amber.
September 24, 2018
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The apartment appealed to my rarely-seen Wouldn’t It Be Nice To Have Nice Things side; it just looks like a very pleasant place to be, occupied with plenty of well-maintained kitchenware and spacious rooms for low-key hanging out. Eventually the wind rises, the windows opened, the outside no longer unignorable; it’s a loud but hardly threatening climax.
September 19, 2018
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Peeling plaster, a sleeper’s foot, a blowing curtain: each is subject to the film’s subtle and elegantly mutating contrasts, made still more enigmatic by oblique, polyglot onscreen text which switches between Mandarin, Brazilian, and English.
September 09, 2018
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