Book chapter

Esthétique minimaliste: un film sur rien de Gus Van Sant

ContributorsLombardo, Patrizia
Published inLe récit minimal, Editors Bedrane, S. ; Revaz, F. & Viegnes, M.
PublisherParis : Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle
Publication date2012

The minimalist aesthetic of Gus Van Sant diplays a story eschewing the causal mode of narration that is typical of narratives. The simple events are organized according to the unity of time, place, and action, like in a classical tragedy: two young people get lost in a desert. The emotional memento builds up through extremely slow long shots lasting sometimes nine minutes: the thurst and fatigue of the two protagonist pervade the viewers, until one of the two kills the other in order to save him from a horrible death. Importance of the music by Arvo Part : his minimalist music increases the strong impact of these extremely reduced but powerful story.

  • Emotions in characters
  • Long shot
  • Minimalist narration
  • Suspens in viewers
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Citation (ISO format)
LOMBARDO, Patrizia. Esthétique minimaliste: un film sur rien de Gus Van Sant. In: Le récit minimal. Paris : Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2012.
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