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Never Eat Alone

2016

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  • It’s a film more content to observe a grandmother passing on her wardrobe to her granddaughter than with tracking the arc of a conventional (non-)romance. And in its understated elegance, it becomes all the more poignant for it. In that sense, Bohdanowicz’s film feels like a restoration of what’s so often elided in cinema... the irreducible infinities of daily life.

  • Bohdanowicz arrives somewhere honest and heartfelt with Never Eat Alone, a work of speculative fiction that subtly brings the past to bear on the present through an uncommonly intimate appraisal of history and biography.

  • Benac went on to live a long, interesting life, maybe not extraordinary but not unmysterious either. The filmmaker expresses this by means of a remarkable attentiveness, her camera patiently observing the mundane daily habits of her grandmother, singing with her choir group, cooking and eating a dinner for one, lying on a couch reading a book. However quotidian all this may seem, there's something new and revelatory about it, insofar as we so rarely see older people just going about their days.

  • I was so convinced by the naturalism of the performances and the atmosphere of intimate familiarity (aided by the use of a cheap DV camera) that I felt it simply had to be real. As the film progressed and its intricate formal design became more evident, I realized I was clearly mistaken: it was a work, in fact, very artfully constructed, but the rapport between the actors endowed it with a remarkable air of authenticity.

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