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La sapienza

Directed by Eugène Green
France, Italy, 2014


French architect Alexandre sets off for Italy to complete his long-gestating book. Accompanied by his wife, Aliénor who feels their relationship is slipping away, he is on a mission to renew his artistic and spiritual inspiration by basking in the architectural wonders of the 17th century.

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La sapienza Directed by Eugène Green
La Sapienza" strikes this reviewer as easily the most astonishing and important movie to emerge from France in quite some time. While its style deserves to be called stunningly original and rapturously beautiful, the film is boldest in its artistic and philosophical implications, which pointedly go against many dominant trends of the last half-century.
March 20, 2015
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Green conjures vast ideas from this intimate story, filming architectural wonders with analytical ardor and revealing the architects’ discovery of the importance of light in design. Green’s richly textured, painterly images fuse with the story to evoke the essence of humane urbanity and the relationships that it fosters, whether educational, familial, or erotic.
March 16, 2015
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Green’s mise en scène makes the spaces feel alive, both with the history they’ve witnessed and as embodiments of the artist whose aesthetic decisions they harmoniously relay.
November 03, 2014
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