Official selection of the 2006 Whitney Biennial.
The post-9/11 political situation is refracted through an isolated female subjectivity in Jennifer Reeves’ bold foray into narrative filmmaking. “Terrorism brought me out of the house,” says poet Robyn (Lisa Jarnot) in her winding voiceover, “But the War on Terror drove me back in.” Reeves freely intersperses lyrical flights and a surprisingly mordant wit in her month-by-month chronicle of the central figure’s unraveling agoraphobia. At times suggesting an even more cloistered REAR WINDOW in which all is heard rather than seen, the film also recalls Alain Robbe-Grillet and Marguerite Duras’ minimalist novels. Incorporating Reeves’ own home movies and a brilliantly dense sound collage, THE TIME WE KILLED reveals the multiple valences of what is sometimes unthinkingly called the burden of memory. A shorter (six minute) version of the film was featured on the Cinemad Almanac. - Max Goldberg