Saturday, April 03, 2010

Canada Line

We saw "35 Shots of Rum" at the Capitol Theater and the opening sequence reminded me of video that I shot while we were in Vancouver. I wasn't sure my video was usable when I first watched it but that shot of the subway tracks viewed from inside the conductor's booth convinced me to give it another look. I really liked the contemplative nature of the long take that the director, Claire Denis, used to illustrate the paths that our relationships take and how they sometimes necessarily diverge. There isn't much dialogue in the movie so images must convey the narrative and the theme of the film, and Denis mostly pulls it off beautifully. It's only towards the end that the lack of exposition becomes a problem, so that one isn't immediately certain about the conclusion of the story. That's just a small problem though, the movie is really very moving and well worth seeing.
Formats available: Quicktime (.mov)