A RIVER RUNS, TURNS, ERASES, REPLACES is either going to enthrall you or bore you to tears. Its a series of static shots of various places in Wuhan (cityscapes ruins, work sites the river, fields, the ocean) with just the sounds of the city. Three or four times we see the words from letter to departed loved ones killed by covid. I loved some of it. I nodded off several times. Early in the film a siren goes off for several minutes and the film ends with a loud rock song (put in place no doubt to wake the audience)
You're on your own.
OUTSIDE NOISE is nominally about Daniella who has returned to Berlin from New York and has insomnia. She is with her friend Mia. They hang out, occasionally talk, before heading to Vienna where they meet another friend. There is some random navel gazing one of the women throws a sandwich at an ex who walks by.
This is supposed to be some sort of look at being a man in your 30's. I would call it inert and a perfect remedy for sleeplessness. One of the dullest, most pointless, not to mention pretentious films of 2021. For those in need of sleep only.