Katia Golubeva, David Wissak.
April 9, 2004 (limited.)
Nation of Origin:
In Twentynine Palms, his remarkable third feature, Bruno Dumont has followed a number of illustrious European predecessors into the desert landscapes of America to produce a film of extraordinary power and great beauty
. David is a relaxed, nonchalant American, while his traveling companion Katia is prone to sudden bouts of depression and erratic behaviour. Neither speaks the other's language - David speaks English and Katia, an Eastern European, speaks only French - so they communicate through sexual encounters, thus managing to transcend the dysfunction that becomes a regular part of their daily exchanges
. The film is steeped in the primal: whimpers, groans, cries, and panting abound throughout the soundtrack; sand, rock, highway, sky and water dominate the visuals.