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Boats to Build
Written by Guy Clark and Verlon Thompson
Performed by Guy Clark
Published by EMI April Music Inc. on behalf of itself, Ides of March Music and GSC Music (ASCAP)
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Kelly Reichardt knows how to use a camera. Problem is, she only uses it for filming, not for telling a story. Doesn't help that she chooses non stories to tell. Or is that not to tell?
My wife and I have tried hard with her films, but after this dismal effort we've placed an embargo upon all her future work. Enough's enough.
The long, dull, opening scenic shot of barren land and a train rolling in sets the dross tone of the film and everything in it.
Ironically, despite the title, the only interesting character and trace of story is in Jared Harris' character.
The episodes/vignettes that comprise this film aren't enough to fill a bad 30 minute TV slot. There's simply nothing there, and nothing told.
What you do get, are endless scenes watching people doing nothing: Like someone driving, or feeding animals, or just looking at nothing. Scenes that have simply nothing to say — at least not of any interest.
But you'll also get what are nothing more than 'stills': Like a shot of an empty room AFTER someone's left.
Anyone can point a camera and press record. And that's all you get with this piece from Reichardt. No story. There's nothing special or particular about how she films. It's very much just point and shoot, usually with boring subject matter, and next to no movement.
As writers, we learn that every scene must reveal character and move the story forward. You will see in this film exactly what happens when you don't do that.
Somebody had the poor taste to compare this film to I'm Not a Serial Killer. Absolutely not. And let's not get started on assertions that it's "required viewing."
And like all independent films that are directed by people so entranced by their own sense of magnificence, this film ends abruptly with an unprompted, unmotivated CUT to black in the middle of yet another meaningless scene.
Reichardt's choice of when to end raises the burning question: Why wait for this dull, repetitive, meaningless scene when virtually every scene before it would have served the same point?
What disturbs me most, is that someone thought this was worth funding.
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