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Les Hautes Solitudes (1974) Directed by Philippe Garrel Febraury 24-March 2 at the Metrograph Philippe Garrel’s 1974 silent film Les hautes solitudes is 80 minutes, overwhelmingly of interior close-ups and medium shots of four people. Primary focus Jean Seberg dictated the terms of her own footage, suggesting scenarios to play out, sometimes to Garrel’s alarm: a scene in which she gobbles pills in a suicide attempt so spooked the director he stopped filming. Seberg would indeed...
Oasis: Supersonic Directed by Mat Whitecross Opens October 26 Mat Whitecross’s Oasis: Supersonic is in its third week of UK release; here, distributor A24 has presumably decided, probably correctly, that the band’s American fanbase size merely justifies a One Night Only In Selected Theaters screenings that have taken up increasing amounts of multiplex space. Unusually for this type of one-off booking, Supersonic press-screened in NYC three times, and while it’s hard to recommend this to anyone but...
Right Now, Wrong Then Directed by Hong Sang-soo Opens June 24 Right Now, Wrong Then continues Hong Sang-soo’s career-long project of reshuffling and doubling romantic entanglements in differing permutations and tones. His last film, 2014’s (sadly undistributed) Hill of Freedom, introduced two significant new disruptions: an affair’s trajectory is revisited through the structure of a pile of letters read in random order after being dropped, and much of the dialogue is in fractured English, necessitated by dropping...

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