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EIFF 2012: What Is This Film Called Love? (Mark Cousins, 2012)

June 30, 2012

Mark Cousins’ latest film follows his tremendous fifteen hour epic The Story of Film: An Odyssey, but is a polar opposite work from that documentary in terms of scale and ambition. Indeed, the creation of What Is This Film Called Love? was based on a whim, with a shooting budget of £5.80, and that was just for laminating a picture of Sergei Eisenstein. Initially inspired by Mexico City where he was staying, the film doesn’t attempt to promote a cause to do with the location, but is instead that rare beast of the documentary format: one that is autobiographical. This is a film of unabashed emotional candidness – and general candidness, considering Cousins bares all in a documented nude trek in Monument Valley – which will likely prove an instantly detrimental quality to many, but those open to its style and focus on the self may find potency in its wilful individuality and meditative atmosphere…

Full review at Sound on Sight

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