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8.5
/10
801 Ratings

Untitled

Austria, Germany, 2017
Documentary

Synopsis

More than two years after the sudden death of malaria of Michael Glawogger in April 2014, film editor Monika Willi realizes a film out of the film footage and texts produced during 4 months and 19 days of shooting in the Balkans, Italy, Northwest and West Africa.

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Untitled Directed by Michael Glawogger, Monika Willi

Critics reviews

The film gradually builds up a mosaic and democratic portrait of life around the globe, taking the viewer on a freely associative journey that awakens a formidable range and mingling of emotions, from awe to horror and everything in between. It’s a pity that Willi didn’t trust the images to speak for themselves and decided to include a voice-over based on blog entries that Glawogger wrote for two newspapers during the shoot.
February 17, 2017
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We learn late in Untitled that Glawogger often dreamed of disappearing to Harper, Liberia, considering it one of the few untouched places where one could “become invisible”. This sequence, featuring beautifully rain-dappled images of the town and its inhabitants, speaks most productively to the utility of the narration, redeploying Glawogger’s own words and allowing them to add a final touch of earned poignancy to what is one of the more welcomingly cathartic nonfiction films in recent memory.
February 17, 2017
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It’s a shame that “stunning” and “unbelievable” are so overused, because these worn out descriptors would really come in handy for me right about now. Children and goats swarm mounds of garbage at a landfill; skateboards as a means of transport through a nighttime market where the electricity falls out and, when it flips back on again, an entire city “oohs” and “ahhs”; wrestlers, their dark bodies patterned with patches of white sand; the skeletal structures of abandoned villages in the Balkans.
February 16, 2017
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