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Uncommonly sensitive and offbeat
on March 17, 2012
This movie will not appeal to everyone. It is a bit draggy at first, as it dwells on the inner world of a loner whose life is absorbed in creating an encyclopedia of the obsolete, thus the title. But I loved it, because of the sensitive interplay between him and a beautiful, free-spirited woman who provokes many levels of awakening in him. The story of their relationship moves from believable tentative beginnings to a touching unfolding of their immense differences by cleverly taking them out of city routines to the purity and clarity of Death Valley. Superb photography and timing imparts a sense of being there--the space, the soft breeze, and unaltered natural earth. The film makers deserve high praise for their treatment of this metaphor.
Obselidia could hardly be more unlike the usual Hollywood movie style. It leaves one feeling stirred up a bit, not neatly resolved, much as it is in real life. It leaves one thinking about question huge and small, knowing very well that you have been exposed just to some view points of some very unusual individuals, if not strange characters. It leaves you respectfully on your own.