Abendland

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  • Summary: Night work juxtaposed with oblivious evening digression, birth and death, questions that await answers in the semi­darkness, a Babel of
    languages, the routine of the daily news, and political negotiation: all this has been captured in images with a wealth of details that make us look at
    Night work juxtaposed with oblivious evening digression, birth and death, questions that await answers in the semi­darkness, a Babel of
    languages, the routine of the daily news, and political negotiation: all this has been captured in images with a wealth of details that make us look at things in a new way. The longer you consider a word, the more distant is its return gaze: Abendland.(Nikolaus Geyrhalter Film Production)
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jul 24, 2012
    80
    His look at an Old World continent reeling from the New World values is both thrilling and damning.
  2. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Jul 26, 2012
    70
    It's impossible to know from the movie whether Mr. Geyrhalter believes this paradise needs protecting or whether something in his words - irony, fury, laughter - was lost in translation.
  3. Reviewed by: Joseph Jon Lanthier
    Jul 23, 2012
    63
    The documentary discipline can't escape its own inherent intermediateness, or its own penchant for deception.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Jul 24, 2012
    60
    There's material from a phone-in psychoanalysis center, the dumping grounds of London's surveillance-camera feed, and the detox tent at some massive biergarten - like much of the film, mordantly funny in a kind of pursed-lips, arched-eyebrows way.

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