FILM REVIEW: “Short Cuts V-The Spaces in Between”

From Willamette Week, 2/20/08 [Portland International Film Festival Coverage]:

Go ahead and call me insensitive. But there’s really not much I’d less rather do than re-watch a film like The Butterfly in Winter, a 30-minute handheld, mostly silent 16 mm film of a German woman caring for her 96-year-old mother, feeding her and giving her sponge baths. It’s not like there’s just one or two sponge baths in The Butterfly in Winter. There’s got to be close to a dozen scenes where the filmmaker, Maria Lang, sponges down her naked, aging, wrinkled mother, over and over and over again. I think she’s clean already, goddammit. Heaven help me if I ever get old. Or at least don’t let my daughter become a German filmmaker who makes silent movies about sponging the dirt off my bedsores. (The lineup of avant garde and experimental films also includes time-lapse recordings of the cosmos, a poetic meditation on Hurricane Katrina, and a film about a Thanksgiving family duck-hunting trip in Quebec.) LANCE KRAMER.

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