Level Five

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Released 2014

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Director:
Chris Marker
Released:
2014
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Not rated
The French computer programmer Laura inherits the task of making a computer game of the Battle of Okinawa in Japan during World War 2. She searches the Internet for information on the battle, and interviews Japanese experts and witnesses. The extraordinary circumstances of the Battle of Okinawa lead Laura to reflect deeply on her own life and humanity in general, particularly the influence of history and memories.

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  • 100

    Slant Magazine Steve Macfarlane

    Level Five pictorializes the cruel moment when curiosity encounters tragedy, and the all-too-human abandonment of interest that can follows.

  • 100

    Time Out New York Keith Uhlich

    By using Laura as an avatar, Marker actually helps us see the visuals and their knotty meanings much more clearly. The more we watch, the more Laura softens, until — in a mind-be...

  • 80

    The Dissolve Adam Nayman

    Level Five doesn't achieve the poetic heights of Sans Soleil, but that might be because its project is more desultory; where the earlier work merely hints at the difficulty of look...

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Documentary, Drama