Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Triumph of the Human Spirit in the Best Sense


My latest review for Slant Magazine is of an excellent South Korean documentary called Planet of Snail. It's a love story, more or less, between a blind and deaf poet and her devoted wife—and, like some of the other documentaries I've especially liked this year (Crazy Horse, Gerhard Richter Painting, Tchoupitoulas), this one takes some admirable formal risks in the way it explores its subject. It also helps that it's often sweet and touching. It opens at Film Forum in New York tomorrow. For all of you New Yorkers, I'd implore you to check it out; for the rest of you...well, keep an eye out for it, is all I can tell you.

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