And at the present moment, I can think of few worthier undertakings for a narrative cinema practice than one that challenges and is curious about the ways that humans perceive themselves, others, and the perceptions of others.

Blake Williams, Cinema Scope, 10.03.2021 

While it could be received as a rather depressing interpretation of life, instead the film encourages living in the present, savouring current connections, and recognizing that a relationship’s end paves the way for new ones to develop.

Amy DesBrisay, Universal Cinema, 08.03.2021

 

Für den Alltag des Zusammenlebens interessieren sich die Schweizer Zwillingsbrüder Ramon und Silvan Zürcher. Wie bauen wir Beziehungen auf? Welche Bindungen sind haltbar? Das, was Ramon und Silvan Zürcher zunächst wie ein streng komponiertes Kammerspiel aufbauen, entfaltet sich zu einem großen Chor des Menschseins. 

Cornelia Geißler, Berliner Zeitung, 04.03.2021

 

Menschen wirken unbeteiligt, Dinge hingegen entwickeln einen eigenen Willen: Kleider, auf die Rotwein fließt, „wollen sich besaufen“. Es gibt eine traumatisierte Waschmaschine, „manche Fenster wollen nicht geschlossen werden“, und eine alte Daunenjacke wird zum Vehikel einer verstörenden Erzählung der Mutter über tote Vögel, die angeblich in der Jacke ihrer Tochter lagerten.

Cosima Lutz, Welt, 04.03.2021

Diegetic sound, noise, the waltz, and music create mood and tension elevating The Girl and the Spider to the stature of a minor classic thanks to the choices it makes in populating the canvas.

Aditya Shrikrishna, New Indian Express, 04.03.2021

This inspired exercise in the power of staging and editing, set with a series of Swiss apartments, is equal parts comic and heartbreaking.

Ben Flanagan, We Love Cinema, 03.03.2021

Perhaps the highest compliment I can offer Swiss brothers Ramon and Silvan Zürcher is that while watching their first film, the precocious The Strange Little Cat(2013), and their much-anticipated second, The Girl and the Spider, my imagination ping-pongs around myriad other kinds of movies the duo could make.

Daniel Kasman, Mubi, 03.03.2021

Aber was genau macht eigentlich diesen Schrecken aus, warum wirken diese Filme so stark und bleiben doch gleichzeitig auf eine seltsame Art ungreifbar? Zur Kenntlichkeit verzerrt scheint manches, anderes geradezu exzessiv zugespitzt, aber immer nur einen Moment lang, bis es immer, immer weitergeht.

Jochen Werner, Filmstarts, 03.03.2021

 

It’s a doubly rewarding experience to go in without knowledge of the plot (open secret: one doesn’t exist) and just watch the Zürchers embolden the magnetism of their characters, the film itself a force of nature that holds all of them in a small space and doesn’t let any of them out of its view. Or ours.

Aditya Shrikrishna, Cinema Express, 03.03.2021

 

If The Girl and the Spider ultimately feels too much like a recapitulation of The Strange Little Cat, it remains, for a time, a welcome tonic, its symphony of sights and sounds creating the sense of a world on the verge of a nervous breakdown, but never quite collapsing entirely.

Lawrence Garcia, In Review Online, 02.03.2021 

 

Alternating between tones of hyper-realism (having one of your main characters have herpes on their lips is such a brilliantly intriguing touch), surrealism and the pure fantastical, THE GIRL AND THE SPIDER is a dreamily unpredictable ride that has a lot on its mind.

Zhuo-Ning Su, Awards Daily, 02.03.2021

 

Die Rätselhaftigkeit, die die Zürchers im menschlichen Verhaltensspiel aufspüren, erinnert an den Nouvelle-Vague-Meister Jacques Rivette. Ihr Film zeigt, wie das Kino immer ein Stück mit- und weiterwandert – in welche Behausung auch immer.

Dominik Kamalzadeh, Der Standard, 02.03.2021

 

The Girl and the Spider évoque la sensation que l’on a lorsque l’on navigue alternativement entre les dizaines d’onglets d’une application web, alors que notre cerveau surchauffe en raison du grand nombre d’informations.

David Katz, Cineuropa, 02.03.2021 

 

Precisely observed but somewhat aloof in tone, The Girl And The Spider builds into a symphony of separation and solitude. Perhaps too lugubrious and forbidding for some tastes, it could strike a particular chord in a Covid-19 era of isolation, lockdown and the absence of human contact.

Allan Hunter, Screen Daily, 02.03.2021

Then again, that’s exactly what the Zürchers accomplish so magically in “The Girl and the Spider,” marshalling all of the disparate elements of the filmmaking process to make time stand still enough to see it clearly.

Stephen Saito, The Moveable Fest, 02.03.2021

 

The film trickles out its story world in discrete blocks of sound and image, withholding a great deal of narrative detail.

Carson Lund, Slant Magazine, 02.03.2021 

 

Ramon Zürcher: I’d say the film is a very personal gaze on life. It’s personal but it’s not autobiographical, though I’d say that everything the characters are dealing with—the longing desires, but also the funny things—are also aspects of my life.

Joshua Minsoo Kim, Tune Glue, 02.03.2021

 

Creating and sustaining suspense through its push and pull of obfuscations and palpable tensions, they choreograph a complex and compelling dance of unarticulated inner lives.

Adam Cook, Long Voyage Home, 02.03.2021

 

The girl and the spider prende dal suo soggetto narrativo lo stesso sguardo transitorio lasciando che siano i non-detti tra i personaggi a lasciar arguire allo spettatore il significato delle loro problematiche relazioni.

Mauro Turco, Sentieri Selvaggi, 02.03.2021 

Sehnsucht und Schmerz, Vergänglichkeit und Verlust, Träume und Trauer. Die eigenwillige und persönliche Handschrift der Brüder ist auch im Zweitling deutlich zu sehen und zu spüren – die Mehrdeutigkeit bei gleichzeitiger Kargheit, die Verdichtung, der genaue Blick, das Ausloten von psychischen Abgründen, der feine Humor und die Tiere – und das ist durchaus gewollt.

Raphael Amstutz, Bieler Tagblatt, 23.02.2021

 

Berlinale 2021: Directors Ramon and Silvan Zürcher Talk The Girl And The Spider.

The tone ranges from joyful and light-footed to melancholic, tense and nightmarish. It’s a borderline cosmos: People are tender in one moment, yet surprisingly cruel in another one. It’s not a comedy nor dramatic all the time, but shifting in its mood.

James Prestridge, Close-Up Culture, 01.03.2021

Qui est voyeur de cet inconscient collectif qui se libère en filigrane, à mesure que des sons semblent venir d’on ne sait où (…), que des objets vivent leur propre vie loin des yeux humains (…). Voyage dans les corps et la psyché, The Girl and the Spider enivre comme un formidable tour de grand huit au ralenti. L’un de tous meilleurs film de la Berlinale 2021.

Gregory Coutaut, Le Polyester, 02.03.2021