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: May 9, 2012
DVD 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.

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.

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.