Jytte Rex – Silkevejen AKA Silk Road (2004)

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What follows Buddha’s quote is a mesmerizing portrait of a terminally ill paintings restorer, Christine (Ellen Hillingsø), whose harrowing reality, lucid dreams and memories of a lover long gone are intertwined into a cinematic equivalent of a bleakly delicate hypnagogic hallucination – the art of dying is taken to a poetic extreme.

As Christine’s inner world merges with the outer world, transforming its very fabric, her consciousness migrates into the ocean of the universe. The past, the present and the future become both eternal and fleeting One. By moving far, far away from the narrative conventions, Jytte Rex (Planetens spejle) creates a melancholic ode to life illuminated through the prism death. Via double and triple superimpositions she establishes a disorienting atmosphere. Continue reading

Jytte Rex – Silkevejen aka Silk Road (2004)

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“Silk Road might be the film that Tarkovskij dreamt of making just before his death.”
“In Denmark at least two directors rise above the commercial mainstream cinema. Lars von Trier is world famous, but veteran filmmaker Jytte Rex (born 1942) is little known, even in Denmark, although her recent feature film Silk Road (2004) is probably the most original Danish film since Triers Breaking the Waves (1996).”
“Jytte Rex was making “dogma films” 25 years before Trier launched the concept…”
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