Chicago's Own: Tales on the Edge of Despair | Chicago Reader

Chicago's Own: Tales on the Edge of Despair

In the most intriguing of these three studies in alienation, The Breathers-In (2002), two women, one white and one black, hold hands, call each other “sister,” and exchange oblique dialogue in monotones. Silent movie-style titles announce diversionary “interludes” that filmmaker Ben Russell says are meant to reflect the discursive traditions of West African storytelling, but what's most engaging are the enigmatic figures the two women cut against flat landscapes. Russell also appears as a tormented business traveler in Robert Rhyne's Invisible Man (2001). In Christopher Bravo's Watching and Waiting (2002), a woman describes her tortured relationship with a man in affectless voice-overs. Tableaux of their lifeless domestic routine amplify the feeling of numbness. 79 min.

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