En la Ciudad de Sylvia (In the City of Sylvia)
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En la Ciudad de Sylvia (In the City of Sylvia)
A youthful foreigner sits sketching the diners of an outdoor café in hopes of finding the women he met there years before in director José Luis Guerín's languid, sun-soaked tale of longing. It was a long time ago that the artist met a mysterious beauty named Sylvia, and the memory of the girl has lingered in his mind ever since. Perhaps if he can capture the movements of the patrons in this quaint European café he can recognize the woman he seeks. Then, at once, the artist believes he has found Sylvia. Setting out into the streets in pursuit of a fading memory, he vows that this time he… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"José Luis Guerín's fifth feature puts a dreamily minimalist spin on the Orpheus myth"
‑ J. Hoberman, Film Comment Magazine
"Pure pleasure and pure cinema."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"It's really quite beautiful and playful and mysterious, and in an unconventional way is a love letter to what seems lost but can still be recalled."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Would be trying if not for the confidence, grace and subtlety with which José Luis Guerín handles his deliberately open-ended material."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"This sensualist delight is an immaculate expression of the thrill of the hunt and the cruel damage our hearts of glass incur from an unexpected loss or missed opportunity."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"If nothing else, Mr. Guerin has neatly captured the sweet, erotic alienation of being a single man at his leisure in a foreign town, dazzled by the passing procession of local beauties."
‑ Nathan Lee, New York Times
"An airy, ultra-Gallic delight whose apparent weightlessness is anchored by real substance."
‑ Jonathan Holland, Variety
"full review at Movies for the Masses"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Guerin conducts with ultimate patience, knowing that his gentle tone will take us along rather than make us impatient."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A young man on a mission of love follows the yearning of his heart and savors the many delights of people watching in the city."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The director's near-silent tour of quaint European street scenes is even more adept at making the picturesque seem pretentious, as well as at reminding you that male-model good looks don't make antisocial behavior any less creepy."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Sylvia is modern myth-making in a quiet register, and it's quite seductive once you give in to its playful rhythms."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"What would be a great idea for a 20-minute short may be a disaster as a feature film."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Utilizando um design de som absolutamente fantástico para recriar a percepção do herói em seus passeios pela cidade, o filme é uma ode ao sexo feminino."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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