Dust

 

“Manchevski is a cubist of the silver screen.”

(The Globe and Mail)

“Manchevski has a rare visual intelligence, whether filming the face of a dying woman or Times Square’s reflection in a windshield.”

(Village Voice)

“Milcho Manchevski’s stylized western, Dust is a potent, assured and ambitious piece of filmmaking... Mr. Manchevski suavely shuffles his various narratives, sometimes smoothly presenting the juxtaposed tales and on other occasions cutting violently from one story to another. The literal violence -- gun battles and punches detonating all over both stories and leaving a spray of intentional confusion -- is staged with bracing clarity... Mr. Manchevski demonstrates his gifts as a visual stylist and a filmmaker in command of the technical aspect of the medium. The constant onslaught of information -- sounds and pictures -- quiets down, and by the end everything makes sense, to the extent that it needs to. (He even uses howls of despair and pain as transitions.) The scenes that act as triggers to propel us into the dual stories work amazingly well... There’s enough culture clash that Dust doesn’t need the equivalent of a Zen koan.”

(Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times)

“This extraordinary TransContinental, TransCentennial epic plays like a cross between a savage Leone Spaghetti Western and an arthouse experiment in temporal narrative structure. […] The clever ending keeps you guessing right up to the last. By juggling past and present in what might be described as a cubist mosaic editing style, the whole grapples at some length with the meaning or futility of human existence begging questions long after viewing. Director Milcho Manchevski is a real original and Dust (a Feta Western?) unlike any other film you’ll see this year. Besides, where else can you see a frail old lady bloodily knock a young male burglar for sin?” (**** 4 stars out of 5)

(Jeremy Clark, What’s On in London)

 

 

 

 

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