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The Passenger

Posted by martinteller on June 18, 2006

He’s not one of my favorites, but I always manage to enjoy Antonioni’s work.  I love how he withholds information to make mysteries.  What did we just see?  What did we just miss?  What is motivating this character?  Sometimes the answers are forthcoming, and sometimes not.  His sense of languid reflexiveness is simultaneously calming and unsettling.  His films just have an Antonioni vibe to them that’s very distinctive.  This movie is thrilling in totally unconventional ways.  Yes, there’s a car chase and a couple of close calls, but the tension is mostly subdued and internal.  Antonioni uses slow camera movements (like the superb ending) to gradually heighten dread and reveal information.  Rating: 9


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