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The Nose looks at ‘Showing Up’ and ‘The Whale’

 Michelle Williams in Kelly Reichardt’s ‘Showing Up.’
Michelle Williams in Kelly Reichardt’s ‘Showing Up.’

This week’s Nose wants its own water working.

Showing Up is the eighth feature film directed by Kelly Reichardt, and it’s Reichardt’s fourth collaboration with Michelle Williams. Williams plays a sculptor preparing to open a new show. Showing Up is a quintessential example of so-called “slow cinema.”

And: The Whale is the eighth feature film directed by Darren Aronofsky. Brendan Fraser won the Oscar for Best Actor for his performance as “a reclusive English teacher who attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter.”


  • Susan Clinard: Owner of Clinard Sculpture Studio in Hamden, Connecticut
  • Bill Yousman: Professor of media studies at Sacred Heart University

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