Age Is... is a new feature meditating on the subjective experience and cultural concepts of ageing. The film is an ode to the texture, the beauty, the singularity of aging faces and silhouettes, a hypnotic poem in the 'Dwoskinian' meaning of the term which is long observations of very tiny details. A gesture, a pause, a look, a moment. Throughout his films intimacy has always played the leading role and this is also true for Age is... all the faces being those of close friends, of their relatives and sometimes even of Stephen himself. - House on Fire
Acontemplative film on the subject of aging, doubling as a subtle reflection on death, Age Is... scans marked by time, only to reveal them in all their splendor.. a cinematic poem, tender and violent. - Le Monde
The music of Alexander Balanescu has a pointilistic and fluid tenderness, and contributes to the sensory unity, communicated by the interplay of filming and editing as a continuous presencecomposed of variations. Every body, every face transmits the implicit within a (pre)history - which its silence, even as lips sometimes move, endows with a kind of estrangement. - Raymond Bellour
There is no precise name for films like this (which are often described as 'personal'). Because of this absence of classification, absence of explanation, these films seem difficult, or even menacing, for certain viewers (and for established conventions). The mirror-effect produced by a 'personal' and 'expressive' cinema such as mine (or as that of others) presents an infinite image of life. The perplexity created by the mirror-effect is that of a reflection that tells the truth (like documentary) even as it exaggerates (like fiction).
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