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Intriguing art film, not for everyone,
This review is from: Exhibition [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
My first thought after watching this film and trying to formulate a review is how the production team and director Joanna Hogg managed to get funding for it. The subject matter - an upper-middle class professional couple living in an expensive town-house in what looks like Shoreditch or some other gentrified part of London - would probably appeal to the sort of people (Londoners?) who go to see art films on the big screen, but would have no relevance at all for anyone else. Maybe that's the point. The plot, such as it is, involves said couple, highly-strung artistic types who call each other only by their initials, experiencing some strain in their relationship whilst they sell their apartment. The female, D, has a habit of meditating in odd places and doesn't like going out. Her partner, H, has an office on the top floor and calls D on the internal phone when he wants sex or someone to talk to. Despite the weird and austere setting, I found Exhibition strangely compelling - like its title, this is a film that works best as a think-piece rather than as a conventional movie. It's quite beautiful to look at, with much use made of static camera positions and photographic framing, and the careful sound design demands a decent audio set-up, or at least quiet neighbours. You'll have to appreciate art films though to forego the lack of dramatic tension. As for the blu-ray, I've no complaints about the pristine HD transfer, typical of digital cinematography. As with most Artifical Eye releases there is a decent selection of extras, with interviews with cast and the director.