If One Thing Matters: A Film About Wolfgang Tillmans
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If One Thing Matters: A Film About Wolfgang Tillmans
An artistic prodigy to end all, German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans rose to fame in the 1990s, when the then-twentysomething began capturing iconic images of nightclub activity and culture time and again. His celebrity increased substantially via inclusion in such high-end publications as Spex, Interview, and ID, and via the publication of several acclaimed photographic collections by his early thirties. With the documentary If One Thing Matters: A Film About Wolfgang Tillmans, filmmaker Heiko Kalmbach follows Tillmans over the course of four years. The film provides a candid and revealing… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's like choking down 72 minutes of a stranger's unedited home videos, only without the occasional cute kiddie or pet to lighten the tedium."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"Heiko Kalmbachâ(TM)s video portrait of the German-born, London-based photographer frustrates because of the way it hovers between the esoteric and the quotidian."
‑ John P. McCarthy, Boxoffice Magazine
"The risk of such hands-off filmmaking is that the narrative itself can become mired in the mundane; there's little that happens here to shed light on the way this renowned shutterbug works or thinks."
‑ S. James Snyder, Time Out New York
"A dull, meandering, lazy and poorly-edited documentary that fails to be captivating and insightful. [U]ltimately a missed opportunity."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"It does little to convince the unconverted of Tillmans's [genius]."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"Tillmans outlines a fascinating, if partial, philosophy of his work."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine
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