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I had to add something to counter Jerry and tristan, who also saw this in the Melbourne Film Festival. OK, they got nothing from it. But for me, out of the 25 films I saw in the fest, this stands out in my mind as the highlight, the one film that left me stoned with bliss for some time afterwards.
My simple tip: listen. While I found the visual set-ups beautiful as well, it's the ears to which Alonso really directs us. When these people sit, stand, wander and wait, what is actually happening? Everything. Nothing "occurs" but the world is always loudly alive.
And with this inward direction, we go into the characters' minds. They drift and they think and they live. Only by stripping away so much can we come to this realisation. So pure and so beautiful. If you are ready for a rich, meditative experience, please check it out.
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