/Film compared the trailer for Robert Persons’ upcoming film General Orders No. 9 to Terrence Malick, and I think it’s a pretty apt comparison. Ostensibly, it’s a documentary “told entirely with images, poetry, and music” about “the signs of loss and change in the American South,” and you can sort of see how that might reveal itself in the longer film, but just looking at it on its own, all I know is, it’s hypnotically beautiful.
Some people â€” not here, necessarily â€” will say it looks pretentious, but there are ideas bigger than plain language can contain, sometimes.
The film is only slated to play in one theater for a week later this month, as of this writing, but hopefully we can all check it out sooner rather than later.