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February 17, 2000 2:00 AM
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BERLIN 2000: Puzzling "Signs and Wonders" Vaults Nossiter

BERLIN 2000: Puzzling "Signs and Wonders" Vaults Nossiter


by G. Allen Johnson




(indieWIRE/2.17.2000) -- Never mind whether or not Jonathan Nossiter's film "Signs and Wonders"
is good cinema. It's the future.

Bold, inventive, shot with top-line actors and a solid budget on digital
video, it will certainly vault Nossiter into the top ranks of world
auteurs. Yes, it's pretentious, sometimes wholly unsuccessful, and often
puzzling, but its labyrinthine web of emotions and narrative complexity
make for a fascinating work. This film could win the Golden Bear on
brashness alone.

It's about a guilt-ridden American businessman, living in Athens, who
admits an affair to his wife, promises never to do it again, seems
happy, then leaves his wife and child altogether for the woman. Then he
feels guilty again, and spends the rest of the film obsessively stalking
his divorced wife, who has now moved on and is over him. This
description, while not inaccurate, is nevertheless too simplistic to
capture the depth
and ironic humor of Nossiter's film -- his first since "Sunday," which
won Sundance

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