“Nestor” is a movie that spent the last few days watching. Sorry, guys. I know how you hate it when I have my Don Draper going to California spells. While the premise of a guy waking up in an abandoned area is interesting, the film works more as an artistic statement. Starring, shot and edited by a single artist, we get to see independent filmmaking in the purest form. One of the people I was watching it with kept comparing it to “Gerry”. If you haven’t seen that, it’s lesser Van Sant and doesn’t need to be mentioned again.
I found that comparison to be a slight, as “Nestor” has way more going on. It’s just than in 62 minutes, while the basics get scratched…something doesn’t happen for me. I’ve been involved in many arguments with fellow film nerds over why Malick hasn’t connected with audiences since the 1970s. Well, the truth is simple. People don’t want meditations. Meditations involve slowing down, studying a work’s environment and processing what it means.
Honestly, I don’t believe that ability is in the human experience anymore. Well, not in most humans. This will be a film that people warm up to in time. Stick with it, good readers. Nestor ultimately pays off.
- 1.78:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby 2.0