Best of… Series – 1983 – Slow Moves

Slow Moves (Jon Jost, 1983)

Hypnotic and moving – those are probably the best words to describe this film. Out of the four Jost films I’ve seen, this is the only love story, and his love story ranks up there with the best of them. The two main characters are misfits – she is standing on the Golden Gate bridge about to end it all, and he is a dope who just happens upon her at the right moment, babbling about Alcatraz. The two’s relationships is full of ups and downs, but there’s an intriguing innocence and essence of mystery to it. Jost’s editing enhances this, as he mixes moments of conversation (sometimes meaningful, often about nothing) with quick, quiet visual cuts of the two in their individual lives as well as their later travels. There is a dream-like quality to the whole thing that is extremely poetic, whether it be the aforementioned quick and hushed moments or the extended takes of the passing scenery as they travel. So, yes, this is the best Jost film I’ve seen so far.  10/10

This also marks the first addition to my top 20 since posting it!

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3 Responses to “Best of… Series – 1983 – Slow Moves”

  1. where can people like me find such movies? it only has 13 votes on imdb — thus, there’s no way it’s been released in DVD….

    hmm…

  2. No, I didn’t receive you email. I suspect it was siphoned out by the spam filter. I’ll check the filter if you send it again.

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