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All the Vermeers in New York

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All the Vermeers in New York

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
87 minutes
performer:
Emmanuelle Chaulet, Stephen Lack
genre:
Drama, Comedy

We gave it a C

Even more than Jim Jarmusch or Hal Hartley, Jon Jost has no use for the Hollywood conventions of sex, guns, and amphetamine pacing. Instead, his movies are pensive studies that focus on the great divide in human relationships. All the Vermeers in New York follows a disparate group of desperate Manhattanites, homing in on the cautious pas de deux between a Wall Street broker (Lack) and a mysterious Frenchwoman (Chaulet). As befits a movie with a pick-up scene in the Metropolitan Museum, Vermeers has been exquisitely filmed, and this letterboxed tape captures every burnished nuance of light and texture. But even as the director scores subtle points about art, money, love, and acquisition, his painterly cool shuts you out. Jost’s influences may be foreign-film gods like Godard and Ozu, but he doesn’t share their , contemplative humanity, and what’s left smells like art-house posturing. C

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