Trains of Winnipeg (Clive Holden) Rating: NNNN
This is essentially a book of poems in film form, an idea that seems so simple and intuitive, you wonder why everyone isn't doing it. Then you realize the scope of the deliberate, intricate work involved.
Holden sets 14 poems about place and displacement, memory and movement to prettily distorted images of figures and landscapes that stutter like a stuck memory. It's all accompanied by gorgeous, evocative sound design that teeters between sound effect and melody by Weakerthans John K. Samson and Jason Tait.
As his musings swing from love in Winnipeg to childhood in Nanaimo and violence in the suburbs, Holden achieves the kind of immersive subjectivity that is, if not universal, at least national. (March 4 to 10 at Camera)