Half Spirit: La voix de l'araignee

A stunningly complex, deeply dramatic narrative told in flashback by a woman (Catherine Ussel) in a sterile cell who's writing the story on her body as it unfolds in nonlinear spasms before our eyes. This 1995 cinema poem by Henri Barges nimbly reveals layer upon layer of visual and aural associations that invoke the profound without a shred of pretension. Each of the central characters—the woman, two men, and a disembodied voice—is a murderer in one way or another, and their relative ethics and the way the narrative causes them to vie for our sympathy converge into a powerful vicarious experience that's so full of meaning it makes longing, love, doom, and death seem palpable and not mutually exclusive.

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