Patience (After Sebald)
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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 major writers, artists and filmmakers, including Adam Philips, Robert Macfarlane, Rick Moody and Tacita Dean, the film is structured around a walk through coastal East Anglia, the same path followed by Sebald in his ground-breaking book, "The Rings of Saturn." Directed by the Grierson Award winning director of Joy Division, Patience is the first film… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"The film is finally only an enjoyable tour, almost devoid of the book's resonances."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"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."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"A fresh, strange, downbeat new entry to the "nonfiction art film" genre."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Gee, who made the award-winning Joy Division, conducts his quiet study with considerable skill..."
‑ , This is London
"If you haven't read the book, you'll want to. If you have read the book, you'll want to read it again."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"Sometimes the scenery is breathtaking, but more often the narration lends the landscape an interest it wouldn't otherwise have."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"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."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"A wide-ranging piece of literary criticism brought to vivid cinematic life, bursting with ideas and inspired visual translations of them."
‑ Kenji Fujishima, Slant Magazine
"In keeping with the spirit of Sebald's writing, Gee's film is teasing, elegant and perhaps inevitably unresolved: an invitation as opposed to a destination."
‑ Xan Brooks, Guardian
"With so many films adapted from novels, it's nice to see cinema paying homage to unheralded greats of literature like Sebald."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"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."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"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)."
‑ Michelle Orange, Village Voice
"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."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Grant Gee's documentary is very winning."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"As Jonathan Pryce reads passages and academic voices take turns to chew over Sebald's visionary opus, B&W footage of country roadsides and wind-blasted coastlines turns rural Suffolk into something truly otherworldly."
‑ Sam Wigley, Total Film
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