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  • Summary: A richly textured essay film on landscape, art, history, life and loss, Patience (After Sebald) offers a unique exploration of the work and influence of internationally acclaimed writer W.G. Sebald (1944 – 2001). With contributions from major writers, artists and filmmakers, the film is structured around a walk through coastal East Anglia, the same path followed by Sebald in his ground-breaking book, “The Rings of Saturn.” (Cinema Guild) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    May 10, 2012
    90
    If he is a self-revealing writer, it is not in the usual, confessional sense, but rather because he seems so strongly present in his books, with a personality that is both the source and aftereffect of the prose.
  2. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    May 8, 2012
    88
    A wide-ranging piece of literary criticism brought to vivid cinematic life, bursting with ideas and inspired visual translations of them.
  3. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    May 9, 2012
    83
    Patience reveals through images and tone as well as through the interviews how Sebald yearned for restorative meaning in the places he toured, only to end up lost in thought.
  4. Reviewed by: Sam Wigley
    May 8, 2012
    80
    As Jonathan Pryce reads passages and academic voices take turns to chew over Sebald's visionary opus, B&W footage of country roadsides and wind-blasted coastlines turns rural Suffolk into something truly otherworldly.
  5. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    May 11, 2012
    75
    A thoughtfully conceived and tastefully executed tribute to a venerated author.
  6. Reviewed by: Xan Brooks
    May 8, 2012
    60
    In keeping with the spirit of Sebald's writing, Gee's film is teasing, elegant and perhaps inevitably unresolved: an invitation as opposed to a destination.
  7. Reviewed by: David Fear
    May 8, 2012
    60
    Look elsewhere if you want a linear timeline of Sebald's life or don't possess that titular virtue; everyone else will want to make a beeline to their local bookstore.

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