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Where Are You

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Steamy drama attempts visual poetry; language, smoking.

Movie NR 2022 95 minutes
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Imagine a 92-minute TV ad for designer perfume, and you've got Where Are You. The title is meant as a question to both the main character and the viewer about their existential state. The film wants to be deep and artsy, and some teens and creative folks may respond to it that way. But for most moviegoers, it's likely to come off as shallow and self-important.

The actors, many of them models, are filmed longingly (again, like a high-fashion ad). Scenes are presented like montages, with the camera swooping in from all angles, sometimes layering in versions of the same moment and the same dialogue -- not unlike a Terrence Malick movie. This attempt at visual poetry doesn't exactly make for a satisfying dramatic experience, but cinematographer Dante Spinotti creates such a resplendent aesthetic that it's likely Where Are You will live forever on the TV screens of nightclubs ... with the sound off.

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