The Feature
The Feature (2008)

Filmmaker Michel Auder teams with Andrew Neel to construct this patchwork retrospective detailing 40 years in his own life and the lives of his closest friends. Assembled from over 5,000 hours of footage, the film offers viewers a glimpse… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 13, 2008
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John Anderson

It is a profoundly indulgent work -- what three-hour filmed memoir wouldn't be? -- but the memory of Auder's memory will linger on for the handful of resilient experimental-film fans who see it.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

Essentially a collection of home movies, it's almost a dictionary definition of "self-indulgent," filled with famous faces, naked people and what certain celebrities mean to Auder.

Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Feels somewhat disjointed, meandering, seemingly random and chaotic, but filled with fleeting moments of coherence, wonder and awe, much like life itself.

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Nathan Lee
New York Times

Michel Auder has been making videos longer than almost anyone, and that alone makes the work of this underappreciated artist and filmmaker worth attending to.

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Andrea Picard
Cinema Scope

Its pseudo-fiction saves the film from itself in a perverse kind of way.

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Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

Suggests that either video artist Michel Auder culled the wrong footage from a lifetime of compulsive camera-wielding for this "fictional autobiography," or was saddled by fate or egoism with an inapt subject.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Auder's life is more interesting than his art.

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Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine

A pixilated portrait of a life lived and captured unlike any other.

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Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

In a rare moment of personal illumination, he admits that "sometimes there are artists who are just no good." If nothing else, The Feature proves this statement.

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