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What Culture | 'Slow West' Review

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This is a movie with so much to its refreshingly slight running time that’s it’s somewhat unbelievable this is John Maclean’s feature debut. His direction is incredibly purposeful, with dreams, flashbacks and stories presented in novel, character-driven ways. What stands out most is the refined editing, in scenes of high tension jumping through carefully composed shots. Sometimes all this leads to moments that are a little obvious – characters occasionally speak in out-of-place philosophical phrases and at one point salt literally pours onto a wound – but there’s so much subtextually lurking here that it’s totally forgivable.

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