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Critics reviews
Two Plains & a Fancy
Whitney Horn, Lev Kalman United States, 2018
Conversation is the bread and butter of Horn and Kalman’s pleasure cruise as the trio wax lyrical regarding the varying satisfactions of their trip.
November 28, 2018
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It occupies a space between irritatingly and inventively eccentric. It’s a period piece, set in Colorado over three days in September 1893, just after the start of the Denver Depression, that never tries to conceal its overarching falseness. Though shot on location, it often feels like we’re on the backlot set of a low-grade TV Western.
July 02, 2018
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Forgoing sepia-tint past-tense pastiche in favor of Super 16mm richer than any filter, the film embodies a past that hardly seems stable. The tone is its most anachronistic element—the sense of humor is an alchemy of laid-back hipster-hangout banter and what Kalman describes as the “aggressive absurdism” of the David Wain school of meta-comedy.
June 27, 2018
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This ultra-low-budget, tongue-in-cheek Western, set in 1893, reaches heights of giddy imagination that elude more earnest productions. . . . Alta Mariah holds a séance that gives new meaning to the notion of a ghost town, and Ozanne’s geological explications of iconic Western landscapes cast the entire history of movie Westerns in a profound new light. The journey culminates in a masterstroke of threadbare spectacle.
June 22, 2018
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It’s shot on beautiful Super 16mm Kodak film—easily the best looking film at the festival. . . . The cinematography by Horn, spatially matched with the traveler’s emphasis on art, science and mysticism makes western’s visual tone similar to Robert Altman’s haunted McCabe & Mrs. Miller.
June 21, 2018
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