• United States
  • 1986
  • 79 minutes
  • Color, Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  •  

What do a club devoted to model trains and the legendary film critic and painter Manny Farber have in common? These two lines intersect in Jean-Pierre Gorin’s lovely and distinctly American film, which takes as its subject the desire to re-create the past (the locomotive aficionados’ elaborate worlds in miniature, Farber’s teeming canvases) and expands to something richly philosophical and surprisingly funny. Routine Pleasures is a masterful meditation on America’s landscapes, real and imagined.

Film Essays

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Three Popular Films by Jean-Pierre Gorin

By Kent Jones January 18, 2012

Jean-Pierre Gorin’s three Southern California movies are so militantly unclassifiable that terms like documentary or essay film seem as hopelessly out of sync with the recalcitrant and . . . Read more »

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Press Notes: Three Popular Films by Jean-Pierre Gorin

January 30, 2012

UPDATE 08FEB2012: In the Los Angeles Times, Dennis Lim writes that these films are “endlessly interested in individual experience and idiosyncrasy, fully alert to the tragicomedy of human . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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Three Popular Films by Jean-Pierre Gorin

By Kent Jones January 18, 2012

Jean-Pierre Gorin’s three Southern California movies are so militantly unclassifiable that terms like documentary or essay film seem as hopelessly out of sync with the recalcitrant and . . . Read more »