Robinson In Ruins Review

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Director Patrick Keiller's camera follows the unseen Robinson across the South of England in a rumination on the human and natural worlds.


Those of you familiar with Oxfordshire and Berkshire are most likely to be enthralled by Patrick Keiller’s latest odyssey. But there’s plenty to engross in this meticulously researched and beautifully photographed essay. Drawing comparisons between the enclosures of the 19th century and the recent government bail-out of the banks, while also suggesting that Britain has been occupied by the US since the ’40s, the ruminations voiced by Redgrave require close attention. Yet, there are several satisfying pay-offs as the strands tie together against images of derelict domestic and industrial architecture and the resilient flora and fauna that manage to survive in the face of human folly. Not easy viewing, but compelling nonetheless.

Keiller's follow up to his cine-essays London and Robinson In Space is another intelligent, thought-provoking piece of filmmaking.