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Film review: Paradise

This idiosyncratic film essay culled from Michael Almereyda's home-movies has a quiet, compelling force about it, writes Andrew Pulver

Michael Almereyda is the pioneering experimental film-maker who got into video years ahead of anyone else with 1992's Another Girl Another Planet, and who briefly went mainstream with the Ethan Hawke Hamlet. Here, he is back in his comfort zone: an elusive but oddly compelling assemblage of home-movie footage, cut together in chunks separated by a couple of seconds of blank black screen, and presented with no authorial annotation other than the title. Pretty soon you get the idea: these are scraps of ordinary life, as lived across the globe, that indicate in their own non-dramatic way, some epiphanic revelation about quotidian existence. (Almereyda recently filmed photographer William Eggleston at work; someone who presumably would have sympathy with his theme.) So we see a kid falling into a pool at an Iranian shrine,

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