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Kindering (1987)

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Refracted images, not unlike those in a funhouse mirror, display two children playing in a backyard, a boy and a girl. There's a dog, a swing, a picket fence, a Big Wheels trike. The grass ... See full summary »

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Stan Brakhage
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Iona Bartek Iona Bartek
Quay Bartek Quay Bartek
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Refracted images, not unlike those in a funhouse mirror, display two children playing in a backyard, a boy and a girl. There's a dog, a swing, a picket fence, a Big Wheels trike. The grass is green and lush. A soundtrack mixes a chorus, swelling strings, and a child vocalizing. The effect is to idealize the images. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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This film is included on "By Brakhage: an Anthology", which is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #184. See more »

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Oh, you kids
29 March 2018 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

Kindering is haunting and it's an example of the filmmaker getting right to the point (whatever it is). In 3 minutes Brakhage conveys so much through both his visuals and the sound. There are children playing around, there's distorted shots of them running around, there's music ("The Times" its called mixed in with "lala" sounds from one of the kids, and it all brings up a feeling of... The world is so colorful and yet so uncanny; the distortions bring out a truly dreamlike ambiance. I really liked this a lot, it's beauty mixed with a sort of terror that might make David Lynch wince. It feels unsentimental.


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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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