Altogether absorbing and unique, with a beautiful, handmade look and the director's darting, probing curiosity on display in every frame....Although the films theme - names - seems at the outset fairly modest, by the end, Berliner has applied the pressure of his intelligence and imagination and made it accordion out into something grander: a meditation on ego and memory, being and nothingness, inscribed on a grain of rice.
"... an excellent film... a classic example of what eccentric, heavily authored documentary making is all about... a quirky, progressively involving investigation into the meanings, both etymological and cultural of names...and the crucial importance of names within the increasingly cacophonous babble of modern urban existence."
"Woven throughout his own witty and...personal observations are intriguing snippets of information... and a more universal essay on the power of names to evoke identity, temperament, and history."
"In what could have turned out to be the ultimate act of narcissism, Alan Berliner has made a fascinating...wry, contemplative, brilliantly edited cine-essay... exploring the origins, metaphysics and psychological implications of names....(an) original, provocative and deeply satisfying movie..."
"...a cinematic meditation and visual, aural, intellectual and philosophical speculation... the film is charming and brilliant... a beautifully constructed work in which every element is carefully considered and gracefully executed...funny and wise and provocative."
"Bringing together the many distinctive and virtuoso techniques developed in his previous films and installations -- flashing imagery, ingenious meshes of sound and picture, wonderful archival and found footage - and his keen eye for the story-making detail, (Berliner) has painstakingly assembled a film that will leave you thinking differently about who you are..."
"Insightful, hilarious, silly and slightly alarming... The Sweetest Sound is a feast of oddball trivia, engaging personalities and rhythmical visual imagery."
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