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Critics reviews
Uncertain Terms
Nathan Silver United States, 2014
Even though Silver’s films tend to be conversational, in Uncertain Terms, he lets the silences build up… Other times, crucial information, such as Jean’s growing jealousy over Robbie and her animosity toward Nina, are communicated through locked glances, and in half whispers. Only during the escalating fights between Nina and Chase, or after the sudden appearance of Robbie’s wife, do the exchanges quickly reach emotional crescendos, and thus prove quite wrenching.
June 02, 2015
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Uncertain Terms is a symphony of small behavioral ripples—its astuteness impressing itself upon one cumulatively and powerfully, until it’s apparent that Silver has fashioned a bracing acknowledgement of growth’s destabilizing pain, which is reliably inescapable regardless of age or gender.
May 31, 2015
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It’s remarkable how much of a communal atmosphere Silver is able to generate from what amounts to a handful of quick cutaways to the non-speaking characters. A more show-offy director with a much larger budget might approach this scene with a 360-degree shot that circles around the table to see each character in tandem. Instead Silver opts for fragments of looks, creating a less continuous and more disharmonious effect, each character keeping to their own thoughts.
May 29, 2015
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Pivoting off pop music cues, “Uncertain Terms” can feel slight, and, oddly for this filmmaker, it dips into clichéd dialogue. While the movie creates an intriguing emotional space in which characters at the end of their ropes can open up, there’s the distinct sense of a missed opportunity.
May 28, 2015
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Silver’s incisive direction blends patient discernment and expressive angularity; he develops his characters in deft and rapid strokes and builds tension with an almost imperceptible heightening of tone and darkening of mood. The involuted acting and the freestyle cinematography, intensely sensitive to the flickers of the moment, yield sensual and emotional wonders.
May 25, 2015
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