SilverDocs Film Preview: ‘Dust’—Just as Boring as We Thought

SilverDocs is in full swing. Not sure what documentaries to catch (and which to skip)? After Hours tells you what the critics have to say.
Photograph Courtesy of SilverDocs.
Photograph Courtesy of SilverDocs.

Title: Dust

The Premise: A film about, well, dust.

The Critics:
“Dispassionate disquisition is taken to the extreme in Hartmut Bitomsky’s humorless docu on the powder of daily life, Dust. Coolly presenting a panoply of professional and amateur dust hunters, each duller than the next, Bitomsky analyzes humanity’s fixation with specks often invisible to the naked eye, but his overly serious, unmodulated narration is likely to produce more titters or snores than studied fascination.”—Jay Weissberg, Variety

“If a 90-minute film waxing on—in German—about the many minute aspects of dust sounds like a party, Dust is your kind of documentary…had Bitomsky had the good sense to leave about 30 minutes to gather dust on the cutting-room floor, his over-written narration, his interviews with scientists discussing flow charts, and his American Beauty-like love of clouds (they exist because of dust, you know) might all be forgiven.”—Jule Banville, Washington City Paper

Worth the ticket? No. Despite its offbeat premise—a documentary about dust! Dust! No way!—this film sounds about as entertaining as reading a profile on M. Night Shyamalan. Okay, maybe not that bad. But close.

Showtime: 6:15 PM.

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