The brilliant Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa's latest work is a ravishing, entrancing study of light, shadow and voice. With pitch blacks and shimmering whites, it documents recording sessions and performances by singer Jeanne Balibar (best known for her acting roles in Olivier Assayas and Jacques Rivette films). If you've never heard of Balibar it doesn't matter, this is no traditional music film. Stripping out everything that isn’t essential, Ne change rien is a narcotic, unblinking portrait of the artistic process. (2009, 98 min, 35mm)
Ne change rien is presented as part of our "Reflect" Big Idea, in which we investigate the personal — in this case by documenting the long, slow and often repetitive artistic process. By eliminating all of the elements of a typical music documentary (including most camera movement), the director somehow magically succeeds in capturing human consciousness on film.
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