SUNDANCE REVIEW: HERE
PARK CITY – (U.S. Dramatic Competition) The subtle calibrations of Ben Foster’s performance give "HERE" an intriguing center. But Braden King’s meandering semi-experimental road movie about two travelers whose paths briefly converge is too enraptured by its own dusty exoticism.
Hatched out of a non-narrative multimedia piece that screened in Sundance’s 2008 New Frontier section and was subsequently developed through the festival’s feature lab, the film bumps into some interesting ideas. It explores the process by which experience becomes memory, how the physical becomes intangible, how land – be it home or terra incognita – can yield both truth and deception. Ultimately, however, these reflections never acquire the weight to be much more than artsy embellishment on a two-dimensional story of fleeting romance between underwritten characters.
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