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In the City of Sylvia (2007)

Dans la ville de Sylvia (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 14 September 2007 (Spain)
A man returns to a city to try to track down a lovely woman he met six years earlier.

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José Luis Guerín
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Credited cast:
Pilar López de Ayala ... Ella
Xavier Lafitte Xavier Lafitte ... Él
Laurence Cordier Laurence Cordier
Tanja Czichy Tanja Czichy ... Tanja
Eric Dietrich Eric Dietrich
Charlotte Dupont Charlotte Dupont
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Coralie Audret Coralie Audret
Françoise Félicité Françoise Félicité ... La dame à la terrasse
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A man returns to a city to try to track down a lovely woman he met six years earlier.

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French | Spanish

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14 September 2007 (Spain) See more »

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$319,032
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Dolby Digital

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1.66 : 1
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Gasn Nign
(Traditional, Hasidica Danza Hedrea)
Performed by Arthur Lafrentz Bacon (Acordeón), Mélanie Bonin y Aline Haelberg (violín)
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Towards a new cinema?
12 March 2009 | by Ethan_FordSee all my reviews

It is one of the most written about and blogged about films of the last few years.References abound,from Bresson to Hitchcock,Rohmer,Murnau,even Dante and Petrarch,but is it too slender to sustain such a formidable weight of cultural allusions? While it is undoubtedly true that it is reminiscent of many other films,there is something sufficiently fresh and different which makes it definitely stand out. The story could not be more simple.A dreamy looking young man waits alone in a café in Strasbourg scanning each female passer by in the hope that she may be Sylvia whom he met in the city six years ago.Eventually he sees someone who may be her and he begins to obsessively pursue her through a labyrinth of streets and alleyways.Yes, "Vertigo" is of course brought to mind and there is a wealth of allusions to the feminist theory of the controlling power of the male gaze.But there is more to it than that.The ditching of much narrative,characterisation and even dialogue give rise to a new form of cinema experience,a concentration on the purely sensuous aspect of cinema,an increased awareness of the power of everyday sights and sounds which cinema usually elides in favour of a forward thrusting narrative and a well-defined protagonist.


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