Enlightened.S02E06

A mellow recollection of things gone past. The long form of cinema turning out to work for American TV. Laura Dern voicing the thoughts of a middle aged woman torn between two worlds. Todd Haynes wisps past all the political descent with a lifted sense of melancholia. He keeps the tones but strays away ever so slightly with some light handed distant shots. The mood is still so beautifully vacant. The brief glimpse of the man she wanted her ex to be on the baseball field. He calls it his land. The uncontrollable emotions when she gets back home to see a car. A quiet pause before all the eventuality. Objects used as reflections of what the soul hides.

The pleasure and rush of consumed love. The moments we wish to hold on to. Todd Haynes captures these with the understated style of a cats paw. It gives us a sense of place through restricted point of view shots that linger just for a bit. A remarkable feat only few artists can conjure up in this restricted medium. Our expectations of our self through visual cues requires a mastery not just of style but a unique sense of self. It is in this balance that Todd Haynes presents quotidian moments with the flourish of a master.