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The Royal Road (2015)

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A cinematic essay set against a contemplative backdrop of 16mm urban California landscapes, The Royal Road offers up intimate reflections on nostalgia, the pursuit of unavailable women, butch identity and Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo alongside a primer on Junipero Serra's Spanish colonization of California and the Mexican American War. Featuring a voiceover cameo by Tony Kushner. (C) Official Site

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Suffused with melancholy, longing, and chagrin, Jenni Olson's supple cine-essay The Royal Road is, above all, a film against forgetting.

October 27, 2015 | Full Review…

The cumulative effect is altogether perplexing, as it's difficult to tell if Olson's trying to upend clichés or settle for them.

October 26, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A breathtaking cinematic essay.

February 11, 2015 | Full Review…

If this ambitious film finally never quite coheres into a single whole, something which an artificial division into several chapters only helps to underline, it does provide a lot to chew on along the way.

January 23, 2015 | Full Review…

A poetic film essay that uses landscape photography and voiceover narration to ruminate on a wide swath of topics ...

January 23, 2015 | Full Review…

It's reminiscent of Chris Ware's Building Stories: people are fleeting but the building remains. The Royal Road is as much of a love letter to a place as it is a love letter to a person.

August 17, 2020 | Full Review…

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