En la Ciudad de Sylvia (In the City of Sylvia)
En la Ciudad de Sylvia (In the City of Sylvia) (2007)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 14, 2007
DVD Release Date: May 23, 2011
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Nathan Lee
New York Times

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.

Jonathan Holland

An airy, ultra-Gallic delight whose apparent weightlessness is anchored by real substance.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Sylvia is modern myth-making in a quiet register, and it's quite seductive once you give in to its playful rhythms.

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David Fear
Time Out

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.

Daniel Kasman

...it is "In the City of Sylvia"'s simplicity that makes it impossible to summarize, jettisoning plot for an enigmatic, open-ended cinematic tone.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Pure pleasure and pure cinema.

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J. Hoberman
Film Comment Magazine

José Luis Guerín's fifth feature puts a dreamily minimalist spin on the Orpheus myth

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Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

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