Review: ‘Everywhere at Once’

by John Anderson, May 2008 (United States)

Sumptuous-bordering-on-decadent imagery and elusive meaning inform this pure art film concocted by the team of fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh, filmmaker Holly Fisher, poet Kimiko Hahn and composer Lois V Vierk. Although its existence will be lived out on the festival circuit and via museum showings, 'Everywhere At Once' is a provocative statement about pictures and meaning and the way narration and star presence — in this case, that of Jeanne Moreau — can conduct interpretation as though wielding a baton. Lindbergh’s photos are the backbone of the project, intercut with Tony Richardson’s “Mademoiselle” (1966), starring Moreau, who is also captured in late age by Lindbergh’s merciless camera. >The juxtaposition of Moreau’s youthful and aged faces make it impossible to read anything but a message of mortality into Hahn’s text, narrated by the actress, although anything would be possible given a different set of images. It’s an elusive and mysterious film, one that at times evokes Chris Marker’s “La Jetee,” Robert Capa and Giorgio de Chirico. As such, it possesses a certain magic.