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Patience (After Sebald) (2012)



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A richly textured essay film on landscape, art, history, life and loss, Patience (After Sebald) offers a unique exploration of the work and influence of internationally acclaimed writer W.G. Sebald (1944 - 2001). With contributions from major writers, artists and filmmakers, including Adam Philips, Robert Macfarlane, Rick Moody and Tacita Dean, the film is structured around a walk through coastal East Anglia, the same path followed by Sebald in his ground-breaking book, "The Rings of Saturn." Directed by the Grierson Award winning director of Joy Division, Patience is the first film on this important and vital writer, and marks ten years since his untimely death. -- (C) Cinema Guild

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The film is finally only an enjoyable tour, almost devoid of the book's resonances.

June 18, 2013 | Full Review…

Sometimes the scenery is breathtaking, but more often the narration lends the landscape an interest it wouldn't otherwise have.

May 11, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A visionary composition on a series of spoken reflections about a literary work - itself full of layered free-association - Gee's intricate, prismatic film might sound as if it must be buried in abstraction.

May 10, 2012 | Rating: 4/4

In a way, Patience is a lot like how one of its interview subjects describes an attempt to do Sebald's walk: He says he could retrace the steps, but not the experiences, or the revelations.

May 10, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Curious souls new to this writer will discover a useful introduction (including passages from "The Rings of Saturn," read by the actor Jonathan Pryce) and a handy map.

May 8, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5

Retraces Sebald's steps, reuniting the novel's descriptions of actual places and spaces with their images and weaving in illuminating commentary from admirers (Rick Moody, Robert McFarlane).

May 8, 2012

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Informative, compelling, and haunting. I really loved this film.

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