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Oui non

The most independent and resourcefully frugal of American underground filmmakers, Jon Jost thrives in isolation, but his work often suffers from his lack of connection, particularly his disinclination to remain in any one place for long. This experimental documentary (2003, 116 min.) about Jost's first encounter with Paris is a notable exception; with a minimal narrative, it pays sensitive tribute to such Parisian art as Eugene Atget's photography, impressionist-era paintings, music by Satie and Debussy, and the youthful romance of Godard's early films, played out here by Helene Fillieres and James Thierree. Shot in 'Scope and partially composed in diptychs, it does a much better job than Jost's London Brief (1997) of celebrating his shift from film to video, and the shooting and editing both sing with lyrical invention. In French with subtitles.

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