‘A nearly lost masterwork.’
Richard Brody, New Yorker
‘Losing Ground feels
like news, like a bulletin from a vital and as-yet-unexplored dimension of
A.O. Scott, New York Times
'An ultra-rare example of a feminist film focused on a complex, intellectual and sexual black female character.'
Ashley Clark, Sight & Sound
Losing Ground by Kathleen
Collins, one of the first African-American women to direct a feature film, will be a revelation
to audiences denied the opportunity to see it on its completion in
A beautiful, thoughtful picture of a romance at the crossroads of a New
York summer, it’s also a story of black lives of a sensitivity rarely seen even today.
(Seret Scott) is a philosophy professor spending her summer leave researching ecstatic experience; while her husband Victor (Bill Gunn, director of Ganja and Hess), an abstract painter, finds himself
on the verge of a career breakthrough. He suggests they break out of
the city, taking a summer house in upstate New York.
For the couple, it’s a moment when lives not lived open up to them: Victor is seduced by the light of the countryside, as well as by Celia, a Puerto Rican woman who becomes his muse.
Meanwhile Sarah seeks her own creative outlet, taking part in a student film back in the city, where she works with the sympathetic, cerebral Duke (Duane Jones – Ganja & Hess, Night of the Living Dead).