Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Sight & Sound Challenge: Sans Soleil (1983)

Film: Sans Soleil (26/250)
Critics Poll: 69th
Directors Poll: 91st 
First Time/Rewatch: First Time

This is an interesting one. It feels less like a film and more like a magic carpet ride, taking the audience on a journey to other lands, giving us a glimpse into other people's lives, as the narration reflects on memory, customs, and the human condition. The narration refers to fictional characters, but it feels timeless, meditative. I love how the camera lingers on certain faces, faces that you might walk past without noticing. The people lock eyes with the camera, with the audience, asking you to pause and connect with a complete stranger that you will never meet. How many interesting faces are we passing in our daily lives, how many missed opportunities for connection? I enjoyed the chance this film gave me to dive into different worlds. Isn't that what cinema is, after all?

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