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Rehearsals (2012)

Rehearsals is an experimental documentary where fly-on-the-wall footage of sixteen aspiring actresses living in NYC has been crafted into a visual poem depicting a day in the life of one ... See full summary »


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Tonianne Druckman Tonianne Druckman ... Herself
Marguerite Einhorn Marguerite Einhorn ... Herself
Anna Fikhman ... Herself
Maya Gilbert Maya Gilbert ... Herself
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Rehearsals is an experimental documentary where fly-on-the-wall footage of sixteen aspiring actresses living in NYC has been crafted into a visual poem depicting a day in the life of one aspiring actress - each of them 'playing' a different aspect of her just by being themselves, and giving her life just by living their own lives. Through this unconventional approach, Cody Clarke has composed an entrancing ode to the beauty and the pain of our daily repetitions - the 'rehearsals' we go through as we wait for our 'role' in life. Written by Anonymous

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A day in the life of an aspiring actress.





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2 December 2012 (USA) See more »


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$100 (estimated)
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16:9 HD
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Shot over the course of nearly eight months. The first shoot was on February 3rd, 2012, and the last was on September 23rd, 2012. There were a total of 27 shooting days. See more »


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A series of rehearsals for unreality
13 April 2015 | by georgebobolinkSee all my reviews

Rehearsals is a hard one to categorize. A long series of mostly static shots focusing on a succession of actresses, it attempts to draw the viewer in by reflecting on a series of minutia that surround their daily rituals and routines. The film is told mostly in silence, with the first instance of speaking arriving nearly at the film's halfway point.

Rehearsal's narrative as explained in the synopsis never really comes into focus. The 16 actresses never coalesce into a single character, or even an amalgamated one. Instead there's the distinct feelings of 16 different women doing their natural routines, such as sleeping, texting, primping, eating, worrying, drawing, etc.

We're invited to observe, watching these rituals and tasks with fresh eyes and read into each character through mostly their settings and behavior rather than any narrative momentum. It can be wearying, but surprisingly revelatory-- one woman making her bed is awash in fascinating little details that allow you to read a history in simply her room and methods, while another woman attending her nails and her dog is understated in its gentleness.

I won't lie and say that the movie is a thrill ride by any means. This is probably the most esoteric porn I've ever seen. Clarke both fetishizes each actress in pieces-- breasts, legs, hinder-- and then reconnects them into distinctly unsexual poses. This is contrasted to their mutual desire to become actresses, a glamorous profession distinctly unreal compared to their frustrated daily lives.

The women in this film aren't lonely, per se, but distinctly alone. Despite the multitude of actresses, that and a sense of ambition does permeate most, as well as the feeling of impatience. Rehearsals may be an unsuccessful experiment and is definitely not for anyone with a twitchy attention span, but for viewers who like to lap up subtleties told with an expressive lens, it's an intriguing treat.

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