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5 Ratings

Fort Buchanan: Hiver

Directed by Benjamin Crotty
France, 2012
Drama, Short


Homosexuality, a parent-foster child relationship, friendships and empowerment are the ingredients for a seductively camp drama in the wintery woods.

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Fort Buchanan: Hiver Directed by Benjamin Crotty
Crotty’s movie eventually hits the road and lands in Africa, but it never loses that intoxicating sense of free-floating sensuality that in some ways marks it as the gentler flipside to the systems of always-circulating desires Paul Verhoeven tracks in the far more hectoring Elle. And it’s that gentle, polyamorous playfulness that suggests it might be the wiser film as well.
January 16, 2017
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Fort Buchanan is shot and plotted somewhat like porn… The difference, in Fort Buchanan, is that Crotty’s style of storytelling has already digested these tropes… With its recycling of soap opera dialogue and its knowing embrace of cliché, Fort Buchanan seems to imply that melodrama applies the same logic to emotion that pornography applies to sexuality—that it creates a world in which vast and spontaneous intensities of feeling are exchanged with prolific frequency and little consequence.
February 16, 2016
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Crotty is hardly the only filmmaker to shoot in the celluloid format in recent years, of course (he joins the company of Wes Anderson, Alex Ross Perry and Joe Swanberg, among others), but there’s something especially vivid and tactile about the 16mm images here. Rarely has the mere presence of grain added so much to a film’s texture, and even to some degree added to its main themes.
February 06, 2016
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