Friday, May 18, 2007

Barcelona


The degree to which Stillman's fillmaking prowess matures between these two films is remarkable; Barcelona is a beautifully shot, beautifully art-directed, cinematic story and the thick history between the two main characters deepens the plot significantly. Delightfully, the film celebrates the mundane and the idiosyncratic bits that seam together the characters' lives; maddeningly (in a good way) the film defers all the ideological difficulties it raises; disappointingly, the "love conquers all" ending leaves a saccharine taste finally.

++++