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The Muse 2007

by Ben van Lieshout

An introvert man with high-strung ambitions of a writer’s career and romance finds himself trapped in a writer’s block and a cold, alienating environment where the substitute object of his affections, film star Monica Vitti, offers little solace. In a self-depreciating manner he throws himself in the way of destiny.

In this tale without dialogues the anonymous metropolitan environment is a character in its own right. The urban landscapes, mainly shot at night, shape a self-sustaining world of which characters have no hold. The Muse was inspired by J.M. Coetzee’s novel 'Youth' and Michelangelo Antonioni’s work L'Eclisse. The voice-over reads from the novel.

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