The Slow Business of Going

(Athina Rachel Tsangari, USA/Greece, 2000)


A curious work which mixes essay and drama modes – with various experimental and diaristic techniques thrown in for good measure – is Athina Rachel Tsangari's The Slow Business of Going.

With many droll, inventive and colourful touches, its spirit survives a number of patchy and contrived elements. Like many films made today under the spell of Chris Marker or late Godard, it suffers from a problem that few directors can make work: the thinness of a purely nominal story premise (here in vaguely sci-fi mode) which is so completely unreal and weightless that it does not hold as a line on which to peg the various digressions and attractions.

There are just too many layers in this cake. But it is nonetheless a valiant effort by this promising young Greek-Texan aesthete.

© Adrian Martin March 2001

Film Critic: Adrian Martin
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