The House Next Door: Reichardt’s artistry outweighs (or at least sufficiently counterbalances) her ambition to Say Something About Amerika. Reichardt’s style clears the mind: dialogue is minimal‚Äînot artificially, just leaving Williams on her own‚Äîframings elegant and magisterial. I didn’t realize how much I liked it until 20 minutes after it was over. The world Reichardt explores‚Äîthe flat parking lots so close to the woods‚Äîis one I recognize. Reichardt’s political ideas are easy to translate into words, and not necessarily good ones; what makes her film haunting is mostly ineffable.
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