Woodshock

2017 | 101 minutes | Rated R

A poem isn’t a poem just because it rhymes, right? I’m not a poetry guy, but I feel like I learned that in school. A poem is a poem because the words used—and the words omitted—create an aesthetic and emotional quality beyond the words themselves. That’s a thought I kept coming back to while watching Woodshock, because (1) the movie is very slow, but also (2) because the writer/directors—Kate and Laura Mulleavy, who also happen to be fashion designers—attempt to trade in a sort of cinematic poetry, omitting large chunks of traditional narrative in exchange for protracted aesthetic beats. It doesn’t really work.

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Film Credits
Director
Kate Mulleavy, Laura Mulleavy
Cast
Kirsten Dunst, Pilou Asbæk, Joe Cole, Jack Kilmer, Stephan DuVall, Susan Traylor