DANS LA VILLE DE SYLVIA
IN THE CITY OF SYLVIA

DIRECTOR
José Luis Guerín

SCREENPLAY
José Luis Guerín

CAST
Her: Pilar López de Ayala
Him: Xavier Lafitte

GENRE
Drama

DISTRIBUTOR
New Yorker Films

RUNNING TIME 84’
PRODUCTION France, Spain, 2007
RATING Not Rated
GAUGE DVD

 

“Imagine, if you wish, Alain Resnais' "Last Year in Marienbad" filtered through the senses of Eric Rohmer, and you have a feel for "In the City of Sylvia" by Spanish filmmaker José Luis Guerín.”
V.A. Musetto, New York Post.

José Luis Guerín’s mysterious, enthralling film unfolds with the simplest of premises. An anonymous young man returns to the unnamed French city where he first saw, six years ago, a beautiful woman named Sylvia. He sits in a café, where he people-watches, eavesdrops, and occasionally sketches in his notebook. Spotting a woman he’s convinced is Sylvia, he follows her; she finally tells him she’s not the one he’s searching for. But the seeker is not to be deterred: The next day, he continues his ritual of café-visiting, wandering around, and looking. Though its plot may be minimal, In the City of Sylvia is a film filled with intriguing ideas about the act of looking, memory, time, dreams, and desires. In other words, it is a movie about the very power of cinema itself, which requires us to gaze intently, listen, lose ourselves in reverie, and always search for patterns of recognition.

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

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