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White Epilepsy

White Epilepsy
  • 2012
  • France
  • 68 min
  • Directed by: Philippe Grandrieux

Experimental film in which a man and woman engage in a combination of dance and battle. Difficult but unforgettable, it's an exploration of bodies in primordial states, invoking the work of Francis Bacon. Perhaps not as suggestive as Grandrieux's earlier work but still a film by a modern master.

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White Epilepsy

Extreme choreography.

Based on an installation piece, this new work by a brilliant film artist jettisons narrative to immerse the viewer in a strange world of pure movement and gesture. Two bodies, male and female, move with unnatural slowness in dim light, engaging in an inexplicable and monstrous dance that is neither a battle nor love-making. An intensely hypnotic and beautiful work at the limit of cinema.

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White Epilepsy

24 Jun 20134 stars

French artist Philippe Grandrieux's experimental exploration of the body

Philippe Grandrieux's work has often invoked the world of Francis Bacon, but in this almost purely experimental piece it is even more pronounced, as he takes Bacon's fascination with the triptych and the body and insists on utilising only the middle…

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