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Critics reviews
Marseille
Angela Schanelec Germany, 2004
What matters is not its story or the different interpretations that could be devised about its unsettling ending, but rather the unforgettable sensory experience conveyed both through Schanelec’s style and Eggert’s evasive performance.
January 02, 2019
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This film contains some of Schanelec’s most experimental cinematic work, a foregoing of narrative movement in favor of a pure presence of the image. From shot to shot and edit to edit, we are unable to map the spaces of the city. Instead, Schanelec and ace Berlin School cinematographer Reinhold Vorschneider provide a kind of distanced, alienated vision of the city.
April 05, 2018
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For the first two reels, it’s the most conventional plot Schanelec has drafted by a mile, complete with a central, clearly lensed protagonist, personality traits that seem designed to earn our sympathies (and, for the most part, they do), and even manifest desires and hopes. It’s a narrative that generates anticipation in us, for her, and thus has us looking beyond the present. Then, as if waking from a daze, Marseille snaps and breaks.
September 03, 2016
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The film’s baffling (in)conclusion makes those ellipses which we thought we had “read” correctly now yawn like voids. Having built its rhythmic drive and delicate narrative edifice from this pattern of slight disruptions,Marseille now makes those ruptures gape wide, retrospectively intimating something enormously, frighteningly unknowable.
April 10, 2013
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