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In the City of Sylvia

  • 2009
  • Spain
  • 84 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: José Luis Guerín
  • Written by: José Luis Guerín
  • Cast: Pilar López de Ayala, Xavier Lafitte
  • Language: French, Spanish

Paying great attention to the sights and sounds of Strasbourg, Guerin creates less a central character (Lafitte) than a passive receptacle for the absorption of that filmic space. As the young artist wanders round its streets, sits in cafes sketching the faces of people who hold his attention, or searches for the Sylvia of the title, so the film offers an essay on perception. A fascinating and brilliant unhurried delight.

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In the City of Sylvia

19 Mar 20094 stars

DRAMA Twenty five years ago the philosopher Gilles Deleuze said that if we see very few things in the image, it’s that we don’t know how to read it properly. Recently, cognitive psychologists have proved the point through rigorous testing: ‘these…

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