All the Love In the World | Chicago Reader

All the Love In the World

The U.S. premiere of a Chicago-made feature by Daniel Curran—a rather studied film about obsession, attractively shot in black and white by Janusz Kaminski, that goes absolutely nowhere. The tiresome narrator-hero (Tom Blanton) roams about searching for love in the abstract after witnessing the murder of two lovers; eventually he finds love, concretely and instantaneously, when he meets a novelist (Lauren Campedelli), but only after killing at least a couple of people at random, presumably in order to demonstrate how much of a depressive existentialist he is. One can certainly respect Curran's interest in doing something nonrealistic and provocative, but his patchwork of references—Breton's Nadja and Murnau's Sunrise, intertwining bodies from Hiroshima, mon amour and floating heads from Eraserhead, motiveless killings a la Dostoyevski and Camus—never fuse into anything solid. Though there's clearly some film savvy and style in the overall drift, the rawness and flatness of the dialogue tend to undermine the images (1991).

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