Cinnamon | Chicago Reader

Cinnamon

This mix of documentary and fiction about auto racing—the principal racer, Erin, is played by an actor—is resolutely antidramatic yet often fascinating. Director Kevin Jerome Everson presents fragmentary details, such as mechanics working, leavened by short interviews: after Erin puts on her helmet, we hear that racers usually stick to the same routine. There's hardly any racing; halfway through we get two shots of cars starting up, but there's no sound with the second. Everson has a gentle, elliptical style, and his attempt to turn auto racing into a melody of slow and suspended rhythms is admirable, even if he doesn't quite bring it off. 71 min.

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