Monday, July 29, 2013

Capsule!: Viola (2012)

I wish everyone who's seen Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing could get a chance at seeing Matías Piñeiro's Viola. Whedon offered an intimate, straight-up, beautifully executed adaptation of Shakespeare's play, but Piñeiro is more ambitious, letting Shakespeare's text spiral out into the lives of actors performing it, and into the intersecting lives of those they meet. Viola runs a dense 65 minutes, but unfolds gracefully at its own dreamlike pace, breezily playing with levels of fantasy, reality and theatre without ever becoming arch. It contains indeed some of the most powerfully human moments I've seen on screen this year, including an astonishing kiss and a transcendently sweet final shot.

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