The Girl and the Spider (Ramon and Silvan Zürcher, 2021)
Date: April 13, 2022
Location: 2220 Arts + Archives
Address: 2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057
Exclusive preview screening! One night only!
Video introduction by Ramon and Silvan Zürcher!
As her roommate Lisa prepares to move out of their apartment, Mara contemplates the end of an era. Furniture is moved, walls painted, cupboards built. Amid all the hustle and bustle, secret longings and desires come to the surface and coalesce around the roommates as well as around Lisa’s mother Astrid, the movers, the girls’ old neighbors, the neighbors’ cat, Lisa’s new neighbor and an ever-expanding cast of characters. Day turns into night and one final party in the apartment. When the last box is moved, the fragments of their lives remain.
The Zürcher brothers compose a poetic panopticon of forms of human relationships that is at once a study of everyday life, a fairytale and a psychological portrait of a brittle world. Following The Strange Little Cat, The Girl and the Spider—which won the best director prize in the Encounters section at the 2021 Berlinale—is the second installment in a trilogy about human togetherness, a ballad about the need for closeness and the pain of separation.
A symphony of separation and solitude.
Allan Hunter, Screen International
Thrilling, thrilling cinema. Order and chaos fighting it out at the level of form and content.
Erika Balsom, The Film Comment Podcast
In the Zürchers’ cinema, contentment, pleasure, or beauty of any kind is located in an embrace of and yearning for that which is irreparable.
Blake Williams, Cinema Scope
Scenes accrue off-kilter visual details as though they are half-remembered dreams. The atmosphere is destabilizing, like teetering on the edge of a cliff.
Chloe Lizotte, Screen Slate
Deliciously ambiguous… [The] Zürchers’ movies are like prisms, capturing the things people do when they think no one’s watching… and when they desperately wish they were.
Peter Debruge, Variety