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rare female film critic | by maryann johanson

10 years of Flick Filosopher: surpassing superlatives

It was my best movie of 2006. From my review of The Science of Sleep:

I have painted myself into a corner of words with every positive review I’ve written in the past. What do you do when you’re confronted with maybe the most wonderfully strange, most magically enchanting, most heartachingly romantic movie you’ve ever seen? You don’t just wanna throw qualifiers in front of all the words you wasted on lesser movies previously, call it “more” this and “very” that. That’s lame, and doesn’t do this new marvel justice. You want new words, words that have not been sullied by their attachment to movies that, as “more” and “very” and “extra” they may be, still are not on the same plane. I need one word that says: “so visually striking and intellectually adventurous that it takes your breath away, but in a peculiar way that makes you question not just ideas about the differences between fantasy and certainty but our own very desperate clinging to a supposed value in appreciating the difference, but also, you know, knows that it is just A Movie.”

review of The Science of Sleep, posted 09.27.06

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