Movie Diary 2/27/2019

The Image Book (Jean-Luc Godard, 2018). Another essay from J-LG, even denser than the recent ones, with a real sense that the “essay” is not in the words but in the collison of word, image, music, sound. It’s a little like the Stargate sequence in 2001 but with Godard muttering in your ear.

Gloria Bell (Sebastián Lelio, 2019). The usual complaints about remaking foreign-language films notwithstanding, at least in this case you have Julianne Moore to justify the process – and Lelio gets the chance to expand on some of the visual ideas he explored in his original (and excellent) 2013 film. The final couple of minutes are screen acting (wordless variety) at its most splendid.


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