Thursday, August 28, 2014

Persona

This is a drama of two women. Rudderless and tossed on the powerful waves of life, they struggle to find some mooring: the elder, an actress, takes on a decision of total silence; the younger, her nurse. manages from situation to situation. The film is a series of kaleidoscopic black and white images,of interiors, lamp-lit, or seascapes, stunning in their geometric simplicity. Sven Nyqvist has nowhere else been this good. A curtain wafting in the evening breeze, a bus departing on a deserted road fringing the sea, the grains of the skin. This is a short, satisfying film, and a thing of beauty doesn't need deciphering.
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2 comments:

kaist455 said...

I have not revisited this masterpiece yet despite my recent purchase of the Criterion blu-ray edition...

S. M. Rana said...

I find the beginning disturbing....those imsages of dissected organs and a nail driving into a hand.....