Saturday, August 13, 2016

Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

IMDb plot sumamry: A documentary on the late Vivian Maier, a nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers.
Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel.

The premise of this documentary is intriguing, and each piece of the puzzle as it unravels brings with it a few answers but mostly more mystery. One of the people who knew Maier toward the end of her life said that it's probably best her work was discovered after her death because she would have found the attention overwhelming, and he's probably right, because Maier's work is interesting, especially in contrast to her personality (one woman kindly describes her as "someone who didn't fit in very well"). The movie, however, feels cut short, and while it's understandable that Maier's death and anonymity as an artist during her life makes it difficult to come to a satisfying conclusion, it felt a little bit like a Coen Brothers movie that ends in the middle of the narrative and leaves you thinking, "What? That's it?"

3.5 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
Finding Vivian Maier > Days of Heaven
Finding Vivian Maier < The Artist
Finding Vivian Maier > Children of Paradise
Finding Vivian Maier < Hamlet (2009)
Finding Vivian Maier > One, Two, Three
Finding Vivian Maier > Lucky Number Slevin
Finding Vivian Maier < The Mummy (1932)
Finding Vivian Maier > The Master
Finding Vivian Maier > The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle
Finding Vivian Maier > It's Kind of a Funny Story

Final spot: #799 out of 2487.

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