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Robinson In Ruins review

This eccentric docu-fiction blend from British filmmaker Patrick Keiller pieces together the wanderings of his made-up alter ego, a cracked scholar called Robinson.

Just out of prison and believing the landscape, if peered at, could reveal historical events’ DNA, he roamed the English countryside with an old camera before disappearing, leaving behind footage and notes.

There are moments of real absurdist humour, but Vanessa Redgrave’s droning narration over endless shots of flowers makes it feel like a combo of recent radio news and a nature-themed screensaver.
 

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