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  • Summary: In this intense tale of passion and mortality, a beautiful but dying London art historian, obsessed with Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights, spends her last months in Venice with her lover. (Museum of Modern Art)
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  1. 88
    You're either going to love this film and run out to see everything Majewski has directed, or you're going to be bored silly. I'm hoping for the former.
  2. Reviewed by: R. Emmet Sweeney
    80
    There is magic in these intimate passion plays, which are filled with sloppy, loving detail and are mounted without a hint of pretension. Each banal moment becomes achingly gorgeous, not least because of Spiteri's disarmingly straightforward performance.
  3. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    70
    Affected but elegant, this digital video riff on "Death in Venice" was orchestrated by Lech Majewski, the Polish writer, painter and director of films, plays and operas. His musicality is evident in the fresh and lively flow of images, though his tin ear for dialogue and staleness of theme enervates the composition.
  4. 63
    Despite the frequent and elaborate sex scenes, the film's overall tone is both melancholic and alienating, suffused with the sad certainty of Claudine's impending death in Venice.