Through the Forest (À travers la forêt)
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Told in ten "chapters," each composed of a single tracking shot, Jean-Paul Civeyrac's Through the Forest opens on Armelle (Camille Berthomier), who blissfully awakens from a night of passion with her boyfriend, Renaud (Aurelien Wiik). She gets up, opens the curtains, lets the sunshine in, and sings a happy song to her man, trying to coax him out of bed. But a moment later, he's vanished and the room has gone dreary and gray. It turns out that Renaud died in a motorcycle accident some time ago, and Armelle remains tormented by these frequent encounters with what she can only… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Civeyrac's moody sixth feature combines genre movie thematics (and B movie frugality) with a bravura narrative structuralism."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"A quixotic film of tone-poem rhythms about the unquenchable desire for lost love."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"[The film's] lingering philosophical eeriness may seem like Tarkovsky-lite to some, but it's undeniably an hour well-spent under the tutelage of an under-represented auteur."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Premiere Magazine
"A hypnotic and intense masterwork on grief, the afterlife, and the yearning of the soul that can turn darkness into light."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Quick, what's the first thing you do as a director trying to make yourself seem cool, besides editing the movie backwards? Right! You shoot your scenes in one continuous shot."
‑ Joshua Tanzer, Offoffoff
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