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Slow cinema: what it is and why it’s on a fast track to the mainstream in a frenetic world

It feels apt that Claire Denis’s new film, High Life is reportedly an idea she’d been toying with for 15 years.

  • Andrew Russell
  • The Conversation

The movie is already drawing comparison to Solaris, a science fiction film by the seminal slow cinema director Andrei Tarkovsky.

Denis has dabbled with slow cinema aesthetics before.

Her 2009 film White Material portrays a struggling female coffee producer who elects not to flee an impending civil war. The cinematography revels in stillness and quietude.

Denis’s characters are developed through movement and actions more than dialogue.

As the modern…

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