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Best Film

I Used to Be Darker, By Matt Porterfield

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Joyce Kim

Best Film: I Used to Be Darker


Matt Porterfield’s latest maintains the slow, meditative, Bresson-like pacing of his previous movies, and nothing much happens except for the aftermath of a music couple’s separation and the growing up of two cousins—but those are exactly the kind of flicks we love. And Porterfield can capture the mood of these in-between moments like no one else. No less than Best of Baltimore Hall of Fame inductee John Waters placed Porterfield’s work alongside his own and that of David Simon and Barry Levinson as Baltimore-defining. Plus, Porterfield brought Ned Oldham, at least briefly, back to town.

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