Almayer's Folly
Almayer's Folly (2012)

The first narrative feature in seven years by the great Chantal Akerman is this adaptation of Joseph Conrad's debut novel, which concerned a Dutch trader living in Malaysia. Transplanting the story from the 1890s to the 1950s, Akerman… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 10, 2012
DVD Release Date: November 22, 2016
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

It seems no accident that Almayer's torpor, once a heartache, spreads like tendrils throughout the film.

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Michael Nordine
L.A. Weekly

There's little if any comfort to be found in death, just the sense that our quibbles -- few of which are so enticing as quests for buried riches -- amount to rather little.

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Amy Taubin
Artforum

Akerman's control of the expressive elements, particularly the performances, which are at once subdued and theatrical, and the choreography of the long takes, in which actors move through the encroaching jungle, are exceptional.

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out

Akerman's formal control is, as always, astounding ...

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Leslie Felperin
Variety

After a powerful opening scene and reasonably strong first act, the pic slowly leaks air.

Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

Greeted with lackluster early reviews on the festival circuit, Almayer's Folly does not bowl one over but that might partly be because its unsung, borderless subject is malaise, and its transmission.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

One of the year's most hypnotic and fascinating films ...

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Amyana Bartley
Film Inquiry

Almayer's Folly had ample opportunity to build something, but ultimately it stayed locked inside of Ackerman's head, never to truly surface.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

More a formal treat than a great movie, Almayer's Folly should at least engage fans of director Chantal Akerman.

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