“More than a stage play, the high concept and tonal spasms make ‘Before We Vanish’ feel like an adaptation of a cult manga.”
“The technical achievement here is considerable, though there is nothing that can match the surprise, and resultant thrill, of watching the opening scene play out.”
“Between the enlightened creators, the immensely intimate artwork and the fabulous people they meet, there is never a dull moment in this beautiful piece of cinema.”
“Canet’s performance seems to come from a place of real insecurity, and the resulting film plays out like an externalized catharsis.”
“The point is to look as closely as Varda herself, who watches every detail with curiosity, kindness and a relentless sense of wonder.”
“In the end, the two films are essentially stories about connections with others, with life itself and ourselves.”
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