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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Review: The Wind Blows Where It Will

The Wind Blows Where It Will directed by Portland, Oregon, based director Kunal Mehra is rigidly constructed film, running slightly over three-hours, which demands the viewer’s attention. Holding fastidiously to a Bressonian austereness and its own wrought-out languidness TWBWIW, in the end, reaches a deep and resonant poignancy.

It’s a remarkably simple story. Philippe, a solitary young man, works in a small office selling blinds. He’s in a long distance relationship with Jeanne. She comes for a visit and tells Philippe she wants to breakup; no real explanation is given. Thus Philippe, already a quiet soul, must learn to live truly on his own; their rupture serving as an impetus to his silent and spiritual unraveling.

In essence TWBWIW is a intense character study and Mehra with monk-like patience trains his camera on the recondite Philippe excavating his internal struggle like a surgeon. The world Philippe inhabits is extremely minimal with a distinctive pace and mood. Mehra’s strength lies in his ability to slow to that pace, to listen the silences, to take the slow breathes, and reveal a depth of character rarely seen.

-Read whole the review here.

4 comments:

Tucker said...

the link to the rest of the review isn't working

Kunal said...

Tucker,

Here's the review:
http://hbergman.wordpress.com/2008/05/14/review-twbwiw/

I'll request Cubie to fix the hyperlink.

Thanks for the interest!
Kunal

HermyBerg said...

Sorry folks. Link should be working now.

HarryTuttle said...

Thank you for posting the review Herman, and welcome at Unspoken Cinema.