Dir. Steve McQueen
(2008, Not Rated, 96 min)

Hunger was the feature directing debut of Steve McQueen, a multimedia artist whose work has appeared in art galleries. One of those gallery-exhibited films, titled Bear, is described by Wikipedia as follows: “two naked men (one of them McQueen) exchange a series of glances which might be taken to be flirtatious or threatening.” Given his avant-garde origins, it’s not surprising his first foray into narrative filmmaking departs from conventional structure and technique. From scene to scene, he seems to be experimenting with narrative form. Not all of those experiments cohere – at times it feels as if we’re switching from one movie to another – but they generate a strong emotional effect even when you’re not sure what exactly he’s getting at. His freedom of style is infectious. Read the rest of my review at Culturazzi.

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