There’s a fine line between slow-moving Antonionian ennui — or “Antoniennui,” as Andrew Sarris memorably called it — and impenetrable dejection, and after three films that can be classified as the former, Dutch scribe-helmer Nanouk Leopold’s first English-language pic takes her into the realm of the latter. “Brownian Movement” is again composed of ethereal, exquisitely lit widescreen tableaux. But the protag’s actions remain a mystery not only for Leopold, but also for the audience. After some minor fest action, ancillary looms.
Brussels-based medical researcher Charlotte (German thesp Sandra Hueller) rents a room where she has (pretty graphic) sex with unappealing strangers, despite sharing a home, life and kid with a handsome architect (Dutch actor Dragan Bakema). A shrink (Sabine Timoteo) tries to get her to talk, but Charlotte is unsure why she behaves as she does, and she’s not particularly apologetic. The couple then moves to India, where hubby remains suspicious every time Charlotte even talks to a man. Actors are luminous but largely unreadable, with storytelling so elliptical, pic often feels like a succession of deleted extraneous scenes rather than a coherent narrative. Still, Leopold’s technical prowess again impresses.