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370 Ratings

Notes on an Appearance

Directed by Ricky D'Ambrose
United States, 2018
Drama, Mystery, Thriller


David, a young man, has gone missing in New York. Todd and Madeleine, who are searching for him, stumble across the supporters of an elusive political theorist. As they join the company of strangers, the reasons for David’s disappearance will soon become much less preoccupying…

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Notes on an Appearance Directed by Ricky D'Ambrose
Notes on an Appearance, the bold debut feature from New York-based filmmaker Ricky D’Ambrose, is [a] work of precise abstraction, employing a Bressonian emphasis on hands and gestures and using a minimum of in-frame detail to create something beyond what we see, ingeniously crafting a narrative that never fully forms and that begs audience participation.
January 15, 2019
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D’Ambrose’s movie, so deceptively light, is in fact a packed dossier, loaded with information and pieces of physical evidence that, by virtue of being singled out in those recurring inserts, appear to take on a heightened relevance to the case at hand.
August 17, 2018
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What’s striking about Notes is its determined rigor—and perhaps a certain cerebral show-offiness, although that’s a characteristic that the film appears to send up in itself. At any rate, this film hits the viewer—assuming the viewer isn’t totally resistant to its unapologetically rarefied appeal—as a sharp, bracing draft of icy water.
August 16, 2018
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