Chris Petit’s Content on 4oD

Essay films are such a rich, stimulating part of cinema’s many strains.  The French pretty much own it, but despite England’s near choking conditions when it comes to its film industry, Chris Petit can still make his extraordinary works.

His latest, which screened on More4 a week or so ago, is on 4oD.  He has a brilliant mind when it comes to representing tangents of thought with images.  He weaves them together, as he does with the ‘essay’s’ various themes and concerns, into a French plait – impossible to tell which section has come from where, and what observations those will then lead to.  But when experienced as a whole, those seams cease to matter, and one is left with nothing answered and everything to consider.

And only 21 days left to do so…


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