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Pavilion2012

  • 3.2
Tim Sutton’s debut feature, likened to films by Gus Van Sant and Pedro Costa, follows a laconic teenager (Max) who moves from an idyllic lakeside town to his father’s home in arid suburban Arizona. With mesmerizing imagery of hot summer bike rides and cool lake-bound dives, PAVILION captures the ephemerality and reverie of youth and the fragility of adolescent friendships. A haunting score by the Sea and Cake’s Sam Prekop shadows the storyline, echoing its secrets and shouldering its mysteries.

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beautiful verite treatment/subtle storytelling/Sutton and Dapkins should keep working until they become great.

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REALLY ENJOYED THE CAMERA WORK. SOMETIMES LOST IN FOLLOWING THE STORY LINE (AT TIMES) BUT THE FRESHNESS OF THE KIDS AND THE MUSIC HELPED UNDERSCORE THE EMOTION. DESPITE A FEW SLOW MOMENTS I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED SUTTON'S STYLE AND THE WORK OF THE CINEMATHOGRAPHER.

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4 1/2 super_cinematography is excellent the kids are great the pacing is great totally real well done

When I read that this film has been likened to the films of Pedro Costa, I was a bit worried. But I found this film far more accessible than any of Costa's films. It is more beautiful as well. And, as slow as it may seem to some, Pavilion is an all-out action film compared to Costa's films... A great "slice of life" look into what it's currently like to be a white male teenager in the USA.

This director knows how to film people riding bikes!

Very good. Felt true , real not sensational.

This movie, despite its hype is definitely NOT in the style of Gus Van Sant. In Van Sant's movies something of significance always happens, relationships change. Nothing like that is happening here. It is entirely rambling and without purpose.