Losing Ground

Losing Ground ★★★½

"Too representational."

Opening credits here make this seem like the definition of cinematic vegetables, but it keeps giving you bursts of color and life that keep it from becoming too dull or pretentious. Actual, visual, cinematic color, but also thematic texture and reflexive moments, like hearing a student director orchestrating a crane shot as we watch the shot happening in the movie. In a just world, director Kathleen Collins would have gone on to make dozens more movies exploring characters like these and many more, evolving and growing and changing with each one, but her death from cancer in 1988 prevented that from happening - sadly, given how things work in the film industry, she might not have gotten to anyway.

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