Startling. 306 HOLLYWOOD feels like a whole new way of tackling documentaries. This ‘magical-realist doc’ pushes subjectivity into poetry.
What we can’t convey in this podcast is the exquisite attention to visual detail in 306 HOLLYWOOD. Their playful treatment of uncovering memories reminds me of the work of Agnes Varda and Alan Berliner, which is the highest praise I can give, and yet it is wholly original.
In the world of documentaries, it is bold, if not a landmark.
306 HOLLYWOOD feels like one of the more universal and relatable films you’re ever likely to see...Likely to touch anybody who has ever lost a loved one, which makes it a very big story.
The movie’s blend of charm and philosophical inquiry makes it at once structurally daring and a total crowdpleaser, sure to find appreciative audiences who will see echoes of their own clutter-filled lives in its story.
It’s unlikely you’ll meet a more lovable and relatable character in cinema this year than Annette. One scene, perhaps the best of Sundance 2018, finds Annette cajoled into wearing one of her old dresses. Well, she tries to wear it, anyway. Despite her exhaustive efforts, she can’t fit her 80-year-old frame into the 50-year-old dress. Riotous laughter erupts as Annette, stripped down to her ‘unmentionables’, battles the unforgiving fabric. This scene, so emblematic of the power of 306 HOLLYWOOD is an achingly human moment that captures the joy of living and the melancholy of loss.