Song to Song (2017), dir. Terrence Malick

I believe the reason why Terrence Malick's aggressive cutting and fracturing of his footage -- the self-destructive, almost imploding nature of his editing process -- neutralizes his narratives and consequentially makes them feel so complete (as opposed to traditional narratives), is because of the way in which our minds perceive, dissolve and rebuild experience through memory; our lives, some so deeply incomplete and yet still the most generally complete notion that we're capable of considering, are but fragments and deconstructions and reconstructions and, thus, the crafting of this sort of splintered cinema is what renders his films so conclusive and absolute, for all we have to compare them to are our own shattered and superglued existences.


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