Chained Melody

Think of it as a pas de deux between audience and filmmaker. In Ana Kokkinos' last cinematic dance, she led. Adapting Christos Tsiolkas' novel about a young, gay Greek-Australian self-destructing over one nihilistic night, Head On was powered by an artistic urgency—a whirling dervish of emotion, with some audiences complaining of motion sickness. With her latest film, The Book of Revelation, Kokkinos follows. As suggested by the Biblical title it shares with Rupert Thomson's novel, it's all about divining truth from life's inherent mysteries. And for much of the film's two hours, time stops as audiences are asked to stand in...

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