Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Waiting For The Barbarians (2017) Rendez-Vous With French Cinema 2018

Six travelers flee into the country and seek refuge with a mage and his wife in order to be safe from the Barbarians.

Love it or loath experimental film plays with the fourth wall and the nature of reality, letting us know at the outset that this is a film. All the shots are tableau-like and the language is intentionally purple. What we are seeing is without a doubt an artificial construct. Whether you can go along or not is a matter of individual choice.

Created during some sort of workshop exercise, the film holds out its pretentiousness like a badge of honor. While in this case it is an indication of a high degree of intelligence behind it all, it doesn't make for particularly interesting viewing as we are always kept at distance from what is happening on screen. For me it just made me want to leave early into the proceedings.

Recommended only for a select audience.

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