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Almayer's Folly (2012)

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The first narrative feature in seven years by the great Chantal Akerman is this adaptation of Joseph Conrad's debut novel, which concerned a Dutch trader living in Malaysia. Transplanting the story from the 1890s to the 1950s, Akerman has brought the history of an extra half-century of colonialism and foreign intervention to bear on Conrad's tale, a story of cultural conflict, desire, and despair. Having married the adopted Malay daughter of the wealthy Captain Lingard inorder to obtain an

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (0)

It seems no accident that Almayer's torpor, once a heartache, spreads like tendrils throughout the film.

August 9, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Akerman's formal control is, as always, astounding ...

August 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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One of the year's most hypnotic and fascinating films ...

August 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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There's little if any comfort to be found in death, just the sense that our quibbles -- few of which are so enticing as quests for buried riches -- amount to rather little.

July 18, 2012 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Greeted with lackluster early reviews on the festival circuit, Almayer's Folly does not bowl one over but that might partly be because its unsung, borderless subject is malaise, and its transmission.

July 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
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More a formal treat than a great movie, Almayer's Folly should at least engage fans of director Chantal Akerman.

August 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Fervently passionate and formally meticulous, the latest stunning coup for a director who's made a career of repurposing archetypal storylines.

August 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A work of engulfing jungles and rivers, vehement and incantatory speeches, and piercing female gazes in front of and behind the camera.

September 12, 2011 Full Review Source: House Next Door
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  • Almayer's Folly (La folie Almayer) (DE)
  • Almayer's Folly (La folie Almayer) (UK)
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