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A young woman sits down in a chair. Only her mouth is visible as she begins to speak at a rapid clip, describing events that she insists did not really happen to her.

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Agreeing With "Not You!"
9 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Watching Julianne Moore sit and then, having her mouth shot from several different angles, harms "Not I", which requires us to see only a mouth, and only from one angle, from beginning to end.

Moore's face was never in darkness, and her mouth never, in blackness, either filled the screen (as Billie Whitelaw's did in an earlier filming) or was seen floating at a distance (the effect of watching the play on stage, where Mouth should be eight feet high).

I wish that Moore and Beckett had had a more courageous and thoughtful director.

(This is really all I have to say, but IMDb doesn't reward brevity, so I must fill this out to ten lines. Ironic to do this in a comment about Beckett, the master of brevity. I hope that I've said enough now.)


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