A sensorial journey through the life cycle of water, from mountain to sea through nature and cities. A meditative and trance-like experience, though the final section in the sea (very likely inspired by Snow's Wavelength) felt underwhelming compared to what came before.
1.5 - Is to understandable that this film tries to give water itself some sort of conscience, some sort of animated familiarity, empathizing with its journey to our homes and from the sea, or wherever it touches. However the question is who is this film aimed for? There is no more substance than that. Even if the last ten minutes are beautifully shot, it’s still the same shot of sea. Water is a boring main character
Ambient photoplay on natural and urban landscapes, which adheres to the logic of flow, both in terms of the emphasis on spaces devoid of human action and the prevalence of the aquatic element. This continuum of places (admittedly beautifully shot) resembles Reggio's documentaries but, here, the ecological agonies are divested of iconic power, while the film's ultimate resonance is sadly closer to New Age vagueness.
I love this kind of experiences but I ought to say that I was sometimes bothered by the too long black screens bringing a too abrupt cut between landscapes and blacks. Also I couldn't really dive deep into it as I was lacking of time to fully emerge myself in the experience, but I was rather impressed by the effect it is causing on someone. Oh and the sound mixing is just genius!
Films like this are like filmic poetry, or a form of cinematic meditation. They offer space in a world increasingly crowded out by a profusion of images that sometimes appear to seek nothing more than to steal away the ability to focus and concentration. Like others in this genre, this demands attention, focus, patience. It may not be the most riveting, but it rewards the viewer who pays the price this film demands.
I have the intervalometer in hand & ready to snap away in earnest. Scratch that, let's make it automatic. Let the camera do its thing, with parameters of choice, shutter, aperture, etc. What's sure is to train it at flows of water, aqueducts, stagnancies & suchlike, & see how we can stitch this together in lightroom or some other application. Finally, let's slap on it something highfalutin. I have a novel to finish.
Wonderful cinematography and skillful editing, but that was all I got. I know a grander narrative was being told through the animation, a story of how water flows from mountains to aqueducts to cities and finally to the sea. This film does not do for water supply what Koyaanisqatsi did for humanity's relationship with nature and technology. Or perhaps it does, but the former just isn't as compelling a narrative.
Many times I was almost overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of the images – I loved the natural landscapes, and the abstract ones. And don't understimate the work behind the motion, the editing and above all, the sound design: it has a musicality of its own, capturing the spirit of the landscapes way deeper than photography alone ever could. Maybe I'd have cut off something – but still, it's so close to perfection.