Eye For Film >> Movies >> Arsenic (2011) Film Review
Reviewed by: Scott Macdonald
All stories are lost in a soup of subconscious, unless recorded somewhere. Arsenic is a film about the sheer fallibility of organic decaying human memory. It’s languidly paced, filled with dreary, unfocused images - just as we might get a handle on what is being viewed, it cuts away to another equally destitute image.
The voiceover is that of an old woman speaking - her speech is full of “ums” and “ahs” - pauses and failures to reconnect with the initial train of consciousness, with rare lucidity. The speaker would be hard pressed to tell a tale if the film were the length of Berlin Alexanderplatz.
It’s a like extracting a residual thought or ancient forgotten memory from a person suffering from dementia. I almost didn't notice the film's slow change to black and white footage. It’s purposefully constructed, and to this point well-made, and deliberately frustrating stuff.Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2011