Monday, January 12, 2015
It's All So Quiet (2014) A Film by Nanouk Leopold
"Obviously striving for 'elemental,' It's All So Quiet winds up torpid and vacuous, yet another willfully emptied-out exercise in festival-friendly austere naturalism. Director Nanouk Leopold inherits a rigid aesthetic schema and sticks to it wholesale: hard, jarring cuts from silence to noise and stasis to action; a dependence on overcast natural light; long handheld takes of physical labor; prolonged studies of blank expressions; the occasional jump cut. All these tics belong to an affected style forever in thrall to grave 'realism,' but which in fact only betray here a failure to interrogate the inner logic of the drama." More here.