Some Film Reviews

Paul Haggis, two-time Academy award-winner screenwriter, director and producer:

I congratulate you for having made me feel uneasy, for having abandoned the safe zone and tried to go beyond.

Paul Haggis

Declarations after winners announced by Paul Haggis, who had been Jury President of Fabrique Du Cinema Awards 2018, published by Fabrique Du Cinema Awards, Rome, Italy. “American Mirror: Intimations of Immortality” won Best International Documentary Award.


By Film Inquiry, Australia, written by film critic Alex Lines:

“‘American Mirror’ is (…) a strange beast of a feature

“there’s a lingering, finely-drawn intelligence to Arthur Balder’s hallucinogenic compilation, one which welcomes many readings no matter how you look at it”

“with a healthy dose of David Lynch”

strikingly original


An undefinable fever dream

“‘American Mirror’ eschews any traditional documentary formats when attempting to align Balder’s own film theory digressions alongside scattered memories”

wholly fascinating”

It definitely shrugs off any expected genre conventions


By The Armenian Mirror-Spectator, the first English language Armenian weekly in the USA since 1932:

“Director Arthur Balder takes us on a visually spectacular journey .”

a revelation to Balder’s craft

“It expands our ordinary perception of time”

His artistic vision challenges the canons of mainstream documentary filmmaking.”

a dream within a dream


By Fabrique Du Cinema Nr 24, Rome, Italy, March 2019, written by Chiara Carna:

Arthur Balder is an artist, at the same time creative and meticulous.

Proof of it are the stylistic rigor and the aesthetic acumen with which he directed ‘American Mirror’.”

Susan Sarandon is more charismatic than ever in ‘American Mirror’. ”


By The Digital Journal:

“Arthur Balder wonders what is the true beauty in “American Mirror: Intimations of Immortality”. A very graceful and elegant work.”

The Digital Journal, April 2019, LA, USA.


By the

Dr. Roubina Yeghoyan: “Insightful. It raises important questions on modern society’s standards of beauty and the pressures of social media.”