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  • Summary: When D (Viv Albertine) and H (Liam Gillick) decide to sell the home they have loved and lived in for two decades, they begin a process of saying goodbye to their shared history under the same roof. The upheaval causes anxieties to surface, and wife and performance artist D struggles toWhen D (Viv Albertine) and H (Liam Gillick) decide to sell the home they have loved and lived in for two decades, they begin a process of saying goodbye to their shared history under the same roof. The upheaval causes anxieties to surface, and wife and performance artist D struggles to control the personal and creative aspects of her life with H. Dreams, memories, and fears have all imprinted themselves on their home, which exists as a container for their lives and has played such an important role in their relationship. [Kino Lorber] Expand
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Jun 17, 2014
    100
    Exhibition is challenging, sensual, brilliant film-making.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jun 17, 2014
    91
    Exhibition infuses its cerebral exposition with a strong dose of humanity.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Aug 28, 2014
    88
    Maybe not entirely depersonalized, however. Hogg has a point of view and a point to make, cryptic though they may be.
  4. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Jun 17, 2014
    80
    Hogg’s films are never conventional stories, but this is a rewarding and affecting watch.
  5. Reviewed by: Dave Calhoun
    Jun 17, 2014
    80
    Exhibition succeeds in making us feel deeply uncomfortable for peering into other people’s lives.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jun 19, 2014
    70
    Exhibition is an exquisitely photographed film that requires unusually close attention for it to reveal itself.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jun 17, 2014
    30
    A film that's all airy, abstract pretentiousness.

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  1. Dec 11, 2014
    6
    This is a bizarre one, guys. It reminds me of another abstract work that tested my patience this year - Visitors. The movie is essentially anThis is a bizarre one, guys. It reminds me of another abstract work that tested my patience this year - Visitors. The movie is essentially an assortment of vignettes-of-sorts built around a central plot of an artist couple deciding to move from their home of many years. What ensues is social minimalism to its core, though delivered in a package of sparse abstraction whose meaning may lack absolute clarity, if any whatsoever. One thing I can't praise enough is how unflattering and natural this movie presents it's characters, particularly the lead actress. There are times when this movie is so intimate and personal, it's unsettling, almost in a carnal sense. Each frame is composed delicately. Many long takes are filmed with the camera aimed directly at a window, giving a reflected view of the inside of the home the characters inhabit, as well as the streets and buildings outside. Often, these two settings are captured in a shimmering blend. Perhaps this is metaphorical imagery set on making the point of how intimate the storyline is; all barriers that may seclude the characters' lives are broken down and nothing is private. Everything is on 'EXHIBITION' here. But that's just my interpretation. If the approach Joanna used here was a bit more direct without sacrificing the subtlety she so expertly captures, this could've been more impactful, but as it is the film is so mystic and vague at points that it may lose most viewers. In fact, I can't lie here, I was almost bored to tears at some sections it was enamored with it's own artsy-fartsy subversiveness. However, I really do appreciate and respect Joanna's distinct approach to filmmaking and think that this picture shows great promise for her future as a filmmaker. I won't say that I necessarily 'like' or 'enjoyed' Exhibition, but I was certainly struck by it in a way that left a definite mark that won't soon fade from memory. Expand

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