eceives an envelope from a mysterious stranger that contains old film reels of his father, forcing Ben to confront his memories and make sense of his current situation through a journey involving fire, drugs, religion, nature, a lost dog, and love. "Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you," the man tells him.
Visually, the film is captivating, partly indebted to the fact that places like Charlottesville are rarely seen in feature films and television shows. The colors are striking, and though the mood of the movie changes often, thematically it fits together as a whole. Boyd likens the film to an album, where you could play each scene like its own song, but when put together, it's a cohesive body. Boyd even has a cameo, sans shades, as the eccentric preacher of the Rising Sun Baptist Church, featuring his first recorded vocal performance since 2003's True Reflections.
Admittedly, I am not the biggest fan of experimental film. I'm also quite fond of dialogue, of which Faces in the Mirror has very little. The combination of the warm temperature in the theatre, the darkness, the dreamlike imagery on the screen, and my perpetual lack of sleep proved potent, and I succumbed to dozing during the middle of the film. Thankfully, I awoke with a jolt at the same time as the lead character does after having a drug experience in a teepee. Two women covered only in body paint lay across from him. Did I seriously miss the only part with boobs? I'm going to have to watch this movie again.
Fun is the key part of it. If it's not fun, why are we doing it?" said Tinsley.
As the snow fell down upon our group behind the theatre on 24th St, the moment was almost as surreal as the film we'd seen earlier.
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Faces in the Mirror
BOYD TINSLEY - 03.02.13 - SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS THEATRE (1 hour, 20 minutes)
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