Prince Avalanche, which is being screened at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF), marks a triumphant return for David Gordon Green. Rumors had been making the rounds for a while that the director had all but committed artistic hara-kiri a few years ago when he started making big-budget films. The broad comedy of the latter was in direct contrast with his gentler approach to the human condition in his early films, such as George Washington, made when he wasn’t even 25 years old yet, or the crown jewel of his career so far, the 2004 film Undertow.
What sets Green’s filmmaking apart from that of all of his peers, especially when he behaves like a serious filmmaker, is the quality of the writing, and in particular the beauty of his dialogue. While Green has itched the voiceover that aligned some of his films very closely with those of Terrence Malick (who served as executive producer on Undertow), he still very clearly demonstrates his skill as a writer and a fine observer of human emotion and thinking with some beautifully wrought lines about love and loss.
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