An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn.
Lovely and effective short capturing Wieder-Atherton's art
The first of Chantal Akerman's wonderful on screen collaborations with
cellist Sonia Wieder- Atherton. This short film of Wieder-Atherton
playing the title piece by Henri Dutilleux is simply, but very well
shot. Akerman does a great job of capturing Wieder-Atherton's
expressive playing, not just in close-ups, but in wider shots that let
us watch the musician's body language as she interacts with the music
and her instrument. While not flamboyant, the passion that
Wieder-Atherton brings to her playing is exciting to watch, and brings
a deeper level of connection to the music – or at least it did to me.
Available on home video from Europe as part of a terrific 2 DVD, 1 CD
set of the Akerman/Wieder Atherton collaborations. (2 longer
documentaries, this short, and a CD of pieces from the soundtrack of
Akerman's film "A Couch in New York")
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