Joanna Hogg's follow-up to Archipelago, leaves the vacation setting behind focusing instead on the idea of home and how much it can mean to some people. Exhibition is an intimate and intricate examination of a pair of contemporary artists who have decided to sell their home. The actors in the film aren't given names, but the female character is the main focus of this film. She is a very eccentric artist, and as they get closer to selling the house her insecurities both in herself and in her relationship begin to suffer. This causes much strain on the relationship, with the male figure being someone who shuts himself off emotionally, and the female character craving the opposite. They share very different working strategies as well. While working, the female character seeks to be undisturbed, almost detached from everyone and everything. On the other hand, the male character is much more open to critique and criticism. This is the other interesting examination in Exhibition, the variations which exist in the creative process. Exhibition is a very artfully crafted film, with cinematography that really comes alive in making this home almost a character of its own. The film is stunning and a really beautiful piece of art in its own right, but I felt quite detached emotionally from the plight of the characters. I understood what the couple was going through but It never really hit me emotionally, often finding myself more intrigued than absorbed. That being said, this is a very effective portrait of a character who struggles to express themself. She is someone who is suffering inside and struggling at all costs to let out this emotion, which I did find fascinating. Joanna Hogg's Exhibition is a very slow paced intricate study of the artistic process, capturing the power and comfort one can feel in a place where they call home.
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