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Eat Sleep Die

2012

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  • In the end what's left is a picture of small-town life, likeable but toothless, leaving our girl on the brink of an easy decision (it might be different if the implication was that she plans to decline the internship, so as not to leave Papa, but I didn't get that).

  • 8A first-rate character study that, pace a criticism that just appeared in my Twitter feed, doesn't put a halo on its heroine so much as allow her some goddamn resilience—a quality in woefully short supply in contemporary art cinema.

  • Eat Sleep Die definitively establishes Pichler as a filmmaker to pay attention to: her sincere and devout investment in her characters, and the social conditions that determine their lives, are far beyond the cheap topicality evident in the work of so many festival filmmakers.

  • Raša’s physicality, and the way she walks, moves and inhabits the cinematic space echoes Emilie Dequenne’s performance in Rosetta (1999); indeed Pichler acknowledges her debt toward the Dardenne brothers and shares some of their concerns for the realistic description of the spaces (factories, dwellings) occupied by the working class. Yet the social texture presented in Rosetta was smoother...