Product Classification: Movies

Title: Pavilion

Release Date: 2013

Genre: Coming of Age Drama

Rating: PG-15

Director: Tim Sutton

Languages: English (USA)

The basic premise of ‘Pavilion’ is the transition from teenage problems into adulthood. The movie speaks of idyllic moments whose real value is not recognized until they are lost forever. Tim Sutton directs this film which has been crowned the critics’ choice by the erstwhile high echelons of the New York Times. Often the independent movies are full of dramatic truth especially when compared with the manufactured crisis of the big budget blockbusters. The filming in this movie is based on soft colors and mood changes. The fact that it focuses on a bunch of teenagers entering childhood will have relevance to most audience members. We all know those moments when it seemed that the latest fashion accessory was the worst problem in the world. Teenager years can be a hateful period but they are also relatively simple when compared to the complexities of adulthood.

Pavilion Movie Highlights

The opening of the film involves a group of teenagers who are preparing to start fireworks. Most of them are boys dressed in the standard teenage uniform of baseball caps and oversize shirts. The movie is full of symbolism. For example the boys stand a few feet from one another and yet it is clear that they are part of a group. This space allows them to create the independence that is eventually going to turn them into mature adults. Nevertheless the links that unite them are strong including their gestures, clothes and movements. In the backdrop is the bright light of the sparks. This imagery is a masterpiece in the making. You are often left in awe of the settings and sometimes forget the main plot.

There is something anonymous about the place and the people that occupy it. The teenagers hardly talk. We gradually begin to pick up their names as the narrative evolves but it all seems incidental. Ironically this movie is taking on the tradition of silent films and giving it a modern twist by removing those exaggerated actions that used to help the audience decipher what was actually happening. You are never sure whether this is a piece of fictional writing or a documentary. This is because the characters appear so ordinary that it seems that they could not be professional actors. At the same time the portrayal of youth is so evocative that you feel it is too real to be mere acting. Therefore the movie takes you from image to image without allowing you the luxury of a clear chronology. Those who are used to straightforward narratives may not understand what this project is all about.

The reason why we feel that this is an important piece of work is the fact that it tends to change our perceptions of filming and directing. There is no doubt that this is a product of the highest order but it is very hard to work out what the main objectives of the production team are. Instead you are exposed to wonderful art and must appreciate it as a unit rather than as an over-arching narrative.

‘Pavilion’ is a masterpiece for very different reasons from the norm. It is not a direct story but rather an enjoyment of filming. You will be able to indulge in memories and some regrets as you wade through the scenes.

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