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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Maya's Children

Calling Maya Deren. Your legacy lives on. Jesper Just's short film, "A Vicious Undertow," which is being screened at Perry Rubenstein gallery, feels like something the surrealist Deren could have created. Shot in black and white, this 10-minute mood poem is about the past, the present, regret, and hope. With no dialogue, the three characters (two women and a man) communicate through whistling, gazing, and dancing. There's a seduction going on with an undercurrent of danger. Is the older woman communing with a younger version of herself? Or is it her daughter? Is the man a rival or her husband? Like any great poem, it's up to you to decide, and there is no wrong answer. (Images via Perry Rubenstein gallery)