Visitors, film review: Exquisitely shot but heavily demanding

(U) Godfrey Reggio, 87 mins

Geoffrey Macnab
Thursday 03 April 2014 23:37
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Producer Jon Kane, director Godfrey Reggio and producer Lawrence Taub attend the 'Visitors' Post-Screening Dinner at last year's Toronto International Film Festival
Producer Jon Kane, director Godfrey Reggio and producer Lawrence Taub attend the 'Visitors' Post-Screening Dinner at last year's Toronto International Film Festival

The latest collaboration between Godfrey Reggio and the composer Philip Glass is exquisitely shot but heavily demanding. Its main subject is the human face.

The film largely consists of close-ups of people (or apes) staring at the camera in quizzical and hostile fashion, intercut with shots of skyscrapers, swamp land and empty fairgrounds.

For all its beauty – and in spite of Glass's majestic music – the effect is bewildering.

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