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  • 35 Rhums put the artless, unbearable Beeswax (Andrew Bujalski) – here, the suffocatingly close identical twins never get to part, even when it seems about to happen in the final scene – firmly in its lowly place. Everything that is supposedly so natural, untouched and unaffected in this deep-dish Americana film looks so contrived.

  • [Bujalski's] latest effort, “Beeswax,” represents an encouraging leap forward. For the first time, he’s placed his hapless folk within a recognizable real-world milieu — one in which people have difficulties more pressing than how to extricate themselves from some goofy-ass house party.

  • If you’re expecting conventional plot and resolution, there isn’t anything like that here. Bujalski is offering an entirely different experience, that being the time and space to get to know these people and feel the texture of their lives and draw your own conclusions about them.

  • More than ever, Bujalski comes across like the natural heir to someone like Eric Rohmer, an artist who creates intricate, perceptive and artful cinema that rejects unnecessary style and contrivance. Also like Rohmer, this is a film about how language lacks the capabilities to convey the complexity of human feeling and that we have to look beyond what characters are saying to decode their thoughts and intentions.

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