An audio-visual trip that shows an eclectic mix of people searching for something to elevate them above our mundane life. Some would call it the search for the meaning of life. It’s got interesting stories but I was most impressed by the images and soundwork. Like a three hour long video art piece which has enough documentary structure to keep it interesting until the very end.
Mixed feelings about this, a meditation on the search of mankind in something greater then themselves... Call it spirtiuality; the film shows it in many forms, some of which Mettlers' way of filming and editing makes it feel otherwordly. A very spontaneous film but this is also its weakness. Sometime I wished he would have deliberated more on what to inlcude, both in terms of shots and subthemes...
What an incredible journey, an exploration of human soul - this urge to find a meaning (happiness?) that seems to unite and describe us all. There are some truly meaningful scenes and dialogues, like the idea that we are all parts of a single organism or the realisation that everything might be just an illusion, and the vagueness of "reality". A 3-hour-long mellow daydream about "being".
"The cameraman tells me that in the Indian language of Malayalam, the common greeting is, 'Where are you going?' The usual response is, 'Over there.' Maybe there's a difference between looking for something and just looking. When you're part of what you're looking at, and it looks back at you, and you look back at it."
We are in a Koyaanisqatsi area, with a more hybrid approach. The problem is... I don't know how to put it. There is a moral issue here. Oh, so you show me a huge christian revival meeting and then some bondage shows in Las Vegas and you think you're clever? I'm sorry, you are not. You are cheap, that's what you are. And losing the trust in the director makes these films very difficult to look at.
Getting high on smack and then go to a poodle contest - yeah sure, why not? The people are interesting and the interviewer asks the right questions to get something smart out of them. But all together, the stories seem pretty random and superficial. Possible that this might have worked better as a series.
on some kind of edge, walking on the brink or floating nearby. mettler documents people trying to feel warmth and love and excitement after a set of experiences growing up in this society. but the light they shine is somewhat too bright, and thus the shadows of their movements all the gloomier. to me it was a movie about contentment that none of the protaginsts knew, and circled around it on extremes.
What is the point of it all? Is there a point? Does it really matter? We're all on the pursuit of something, whether it being happiness, meaning, money, god, love, pleasure... In the end it's not really about the goal, but rather the winding path that might lead us there. Really enjoyable documentary that attempts to explore the human condition.