Sunday, February 25, 2018
The Hollywood Reporter reviews Philip Groning's "My Brother's Name is Robert and He's an Idiot".
As an exercise in illustrating some of Groning’s ideas about time and how it can be experienced by humans in the world in general and by audiences in cinemas in particular, the feature is much more interesting. The ruminations of especially Robert — thus at least an idiot savant rather than the straightforward idiot of the title — form a loosely connected anthology of ideas that draws on not only Heidegger’s Being and Time and the writings of Saint Augustine but also on the works of thinkers like Brentano and Bergson. Even for viewers not well-versed in their modern philosophers, however, a provocative statement such as “the present doesn’t exist,” should resonate within the strict context of the film.
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