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Laundry and Tosca (2004)
Smart, Elegant, Real.
I'm not particularly an Opera fan but bumped into this film at a festival and was enchanted by it in a very literal way. The makers of this film were able to untangle a jumbled knot work of vision amidst confusion, empowerment amidst terror and euphoria amidst sobriety.
This documentary grabbed me because unlike most one dimensional media today, it indiscriminately grabbed armfuls of reality and arranged it in a way that made me feel like I was watching a real life fairy tale. I'm compelled to write my comments because while re- watching it I found myself baffled at how seamlessly someone could weave together so many angles of a story. I think the many layers of almost dreamlike visuals do a wonderful job simultaneously moving the different angles forward while the calm honest narration anchors me in reality. The added depth, the enchanting I mentioned is from the heart cry of the main characters voice. While all these other things are ebbing and flowing within the story this woman's haunting voice is piercing into me and sending a sharp, clear message through her lyrics.
I'm hard pressed to actually call this film a documentary because it's got more story and drama than many feature films I've seen. It's real life presented in such a masterful way that it burs the lines of literal and fiction. Common every day relatable things are metaphors for fantasy. It left me thinking I could do the unachievable.
I look forward to seeing what comes next from Farrer, Lee, Name and Roberts.