Tuesday, November 11, 2008

On the outside looking the other way

Feeling out of place. Completely isolated. Wishing to die, if only to escape reality.

Director Beth B.'s Stigmata is a film that addresses these topics without compromise. A static camera captures the faces of a small group of individuals as they relate their personal experiences with these feelings. And how it lead them all to that which brings about death within living: heroin. These candid and painful interviews are only inter-cut with brightly lit images, such as a window or travelers on a road. The genius of Beth B.'s direction and cinematic composition is how none of this is exploitative to the subjects or boring for the viewer. Efficient and raw film-making.

Its hard for me to watch this film. I lost a dear friend to heroin. Not a day goes by when I don't think about her.

painting: "Die Toteninsel" ("Isle of the Dead," Basil Version)
by Arnold Böcklin, oil on canvas, 1880.

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