In their debut documentary Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor take as their point of departure the compelling 18th Century figure, Ambrose O’Higgins, and attempt to retrace his remarkable journey from Ireland to Chile.
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This is the sort of documentary I've grown to love. Quirky. Highly personal. Self-referential. A documentary about documentaries and history and memory and that sense of place you carry with you when you - by choice or by circumstance - leave your homeland.
Fascinating - it quietly draws you in and doesn't let go. The only film where the historian Carlo Ginzburg is quoted, I imagine. The quotes could, should feel contrived and pretentious, but somehow they don't. A gem.
Hauntingly beautiful and surprising by turns, this fascinating documentary draws on Barthes and Walter Benjamin to explore the incredible histories of Ambrose O'Higgins and Helen who might be the mother of one of the film makers. Sounds serious; it is is serious in purpose and wryly funny at the same time. Watch it.
Delivers on what it tries to deliver, a sense of meta film exploration. The voices are lovely, the scenes beatiful, the godardisms omnipresent but it the end the film did not fill me with the "ohh, I had not thought about that" feeling that I would expect from a self exploring experiment. Still worth a watch, still good, fails to be excellent.
A curious experience to watch a film that, although apparently about the creation of a documentary that does not exist, itself takes on the role of that documentary. Conversational voice acting and stunning stills and slow motion shots make this a joy on the eyes.
I think I might love this film... Initially I found the storytelling technique a bit cringe; but then I was softly, softly lured into the world it creates and by the time it was over I wanted more! There is so much to love in the way the filmmakers use just words & images to layer this labyrinthine sense-memory tower.
"An aptly titled work in every sense, this sui generis piece is by turns an essay film in the tradition of Chris Marker (San Soleil) and Patrick Keiller (London), a documentary, and a quirky drama about loss and exile." - Leslie Felperin Essential viewing.
There is something wonderfully natural and honest in how this film is written and told. Scene to scene, the role that the voice actors take, filling the position of the two directors, welcomes the viewer far more into the film. More into the story that they could create with the general biopic. Capturing the introspection of the figure of Ambrose and paralleling his journeying to another family tale only adds to it.