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'Pavilion' poetically meditates on a lazy summer

'Pavilion' poetically meditates on a lazy summer pavilionfilm.com
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More a poetic meditation than a conventional narrative, writer/director Tim Sutton's "Pavilion" follows 15-year-old Max and his some time friends through a languorous summer. Nothing much happens beyond Max leaving his mother in Cazenovia, New York, to spend time with his mostly absent father in Chandler, Arizona. Neither parent figures in events beyond a minimal presence.

Before any credits, Max lights fireworks in an impressionistic scene that defines the mood and relative silence of the entire film. He rides his bike alone or with his friends on town streets or in a bike park, swims with friend Addy, attends a party, has something to eat, talks on the phone with his dad, and watches his friend Cody, who concludes the film. In essence, there are no monumental decisions made and, refreshingly, no crises intrude to disrupt the calm.

"Pavilion" develops its mood slowly, deliberately, and feels for all the world like a documentary most interested in capturing the appeal of a lazy spell before teen anxiety and academic pressures erupt. Not that Max's life is idyllic, but with brief exceptions, he is untroubled by adult pressures. Chris Dapkins' soft-focus digital photography and Sam Prekop's unobtrusive score reinforce the atmosphere that may well elicit nostalgia in the viewer who can relax into this hypnotic, rare world.

The St. Louis premiere of "Pavilion" is at Webster University's Winifred Moore auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12th through Sunday, April 14th. For information and the current schedule, you may call 314-968-7487 or go to the web at: Webster.edu/filmseries.

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