Review of Mariel Brown’s “Unfinished Sentences”


Jaie Laplante, the Miami Film Festival’s Director of Programming, reviewed Mariel Brown’s documentary film, Unfinished Sentences, earlier this month (3 July 2017) in “Memories Playback Like Movies: A New Personal Documentary from Trinidad.” Speaking from the context of the 2017 Film Festival of Panama, he writes:

[. . .] The 2017 edition again featured a major emerging Dominican talent, Nelson Carlos de Los Santos’ new film Cocote (a major world premiere for this film will be announced very soon), and other projects including Panama’s own Fernando Muñoz’s Una noche de calypso and a fascinating new documentary being worked on in Trinidad and Tobago by Mariel Brown, entitled Unfinished Sentences.

Unfinished Sentences is part mystery, part personal memoir. Inserting herself into the film, Brown opens up a Pandora’s box of memories of her late father, black Trinidadian poet and writer Wayne Brown (1944-2009), who died of cancer after living the last decade of his life in Jamaica. Delving deep into the legacy of work he left behind, including personal letters, Brown seeks to make peace with her father’s enduring enigma.

[. . .] In further creating the sensation of how memories work, a significant amount of Brown’s material is layered and super-imposed upon other visuals, creating a sense of the dense thorniness and complexity of how the mind seeks to reclaim and recast the past into the present. The results are mesmerizing and deeply moving. Brown is a born filmmaker, with an impressive eye and a deep sense of how to connect the intimate to the universal. The cut of Unfinished Sentences presented at IFF Panama was not complete and still had more work to be done, but I’m looking forward to seeing the final version of the film make its way into the world, when it is ready.

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