Not I (2000)

Genres - Avant-garde / Experimental, Theater  |   Run Time - 14 min.  |   Countries - Ireland  |  
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Regarded by critics around the globe as Ireland's most impressive and inspired filmmaker, Crying Game and Breakfast on Pluto screen guru Neil Jordan stepped down from features in 2000 to helm the fourteen-minute Canadian short Not I. The latter is a single episode from the Beckett on Film project, a film-a-sketch whereby nineteen international filmmakers were invited to each contribute an adaptation of one of Beckett's nineteen plays, some ten years after the playwright's death. Jordan chose the play of the title, and cast the peerless American actress Julianne Moore (who had just collaborated with Jordan in The End of the Affair) in the lead. The film -- per the original work -- focuses solely on a woman in complete denial of a traumatic experience; her words, which begin as a barely coherent stream-of-consciousness ramble, ultimately unite into a harried confession.

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denial, monologue, play [drama], recital, stream-of-consciousness, trauma