boarding gate


after watching assayas’ film for the second time — with the knowledge that it’s an exercise in spoiling the genre conventions it appears to be following — i have to admit there’s something worth watching here besides asia argento; and any filmmaker who can pull off putting eno’s music for airports and sparks’ “No 1 in heaven” on the same soundtrack is worth a look

manohla dargis’ pertinent review.

It can be easy to overlook this investment in real life, but only because the shiny surfaces of his films, with their excesses and putatively exotic locales, are so beguiling and even distracting. “Boarding Gate” certainly offers plenty of visual distractions, the image of Ms. Argento getting down and dirty with Mr. Madsen included. And there is no question that Mr. Assayas, a former film critic for Cahiers du Cinéma, knows full well the commercial value of female nudity and not just its aesthetic charm. That said, even in “Boarding Gate,” a modestly scaled, self-consciously tawdry exercise in genre appropriation, Mr. Assayas manages to say more about what it is to be human — to desire, to fear, to be alone — than most filmmakers say in a lifetime.


2 Responses to “boarding gate”

  1. 1 Nancy
    July 27, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Okay…will check this one out. Sounds interesting. Thanks.

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