Almayer's Folly (2012)

Almayer's Folly


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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Joseph Conrad
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Shellac Distribution


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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

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

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

Full Review… | August 7, 2012
Time Out
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One of the year's most hypnotic and fascinating films ...

Full Review… | August 7, 2012
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.

Full Review… | July 18, 2012
L.A. Weekly
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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
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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.

Full Review… | July 1, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

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