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16 Ratings

Björk: Biophilia Live

United Kingdom, 2014
Documentary, Music


Icelandic artist, Björk, performs songs from her eighth album with evocative visuals provided by designers from around the world.

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Björk: Biophilia Live Directed by Nick Fenton, Peter Strickland
With its introductory voiceover by David Attenborough and obvious love for the simple sublimity that the best big-budget nature series achieve, Biophilia Live appears to borrow the trappings of documentary. But instead Björk, Fenton and Strickland have produced a near-epic work of nature psychedelia, a strange hybrid piece with a strange hybrid lineage that takes in Disney’s Fantasia and Stevie Wonder’s Journey Through “The Secret Life of Plants” as much as The Blue Planet.
October 20, 2014
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Despite the incredible talent involved, this is one fantastically dull concert movie. Björk’s half-cocked theatrical extravaganza is inspired by her recent Biophilia album which focuses broadly on biology, life sciences and the awe-striking magnificence of the cosmos. It’s not that she and her creative team haven’t concocted ways of giving ticket holders some bang for the buck, more that directors Peter Strickland and Nick Fenton haven’t amply devised a way to capture that on film.
October 16, 2014
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As skillful an orchestrator as Björk is, her crescendos and tightly designed wilderness can lose their strength with repetition. But she and her collaborators do make a pretty singing picture with their chosen audiovisual tool set.
September 25, 2014
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