Patience (After Sebald)
Patience (After Sebald) (2012)

A richly textured essay film on landscape, art, history, life and loss, Patience (After Sebald) offers a unique exploration of the work and influence of internationally acclaimed writer W.G. Sebald (1944 - 2001). With contributions from… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 18, 2012
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

The film is finally only an enjoyable tour, almost devoid of the book's resonances.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

In a way, Patience is a lot like how one of its interview subjects describes an attempt to do Sebald's walk: He says he could retrace the steps, but not the experiences, or the revelations.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

A fresh, strange, downbeat new entry to the "nonfiction art film" genre.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

Sometimes the scenery is breathtaking, but more often the narration lends the landscape an interest it wouldn't otherwise have.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

Curious souls new to this writer will discover a useful introduction (including passages from "The Rings of Saturn," read by the actor Jonathan Pryce) and a handy map.

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Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine

A wide-ranging piece of literary criticism brought to vivid cinematic life, bursting with ideas and inspired visual translations of them.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

A visionary composition on a series of spoken reflections about a literary work - itself full of layered free-association - Gee's intricate, prismatic film might sound as if it must be buried in abstraction.

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Michelle Orange
Village Voice

Retraces Sebald's steps, reuniting the novel's descriptions of actual places and spaces with their images and weaving in illuminating commentary from admirers (Rick Moody, Robert McFarlane).

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

Grant Gee's film should make anyone want to read The Rings of Saturn and the rest of Sebald's relatively small but exquisite oeuvre, some eight or nine books in all.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Jennifer Xu
Informative, compelling, and haunting. I really loved this film.