A mysterious death, a dissatisfied loner who may or may not be somehow guilty, a journey, introspection all round...where else but in Petit territory? As the film throws up plentiful questions regarding Tusse Silberg's relation to a dead woman, her sister, and the strange city of the title, Petit films in a terse, thought-provoking but oddly classical style, sounding echoes not merely of Godard, Rivette and Wenders, but also of older masters like Lang. Whether it works or not depends on your attitude towards the script's hesitantly elliptical way with narrative, but there's no denying that Petit is one of Britain's most ambitious film-makers. Infuriating or inspired, either way it's still worth a look.
Cast and crew
|Screenwriter:||Christopher Petit, Hugo Williams|