Geyrhalter piques the imagination with images of decay: towns, malls, theaters, and hospitals, all deserted, unnamed, and overrun by foliage and wildlife. The opening shots of rippling water reflected on crumbling mosaics are mysteriously exotic; not until later, in wider shots, can one recognize murals of the former Soviet Union. Through another slow reveal, a Japanese ghost town turns out to be Fukushima. In this feature-length memento mori, humanity is evoked by its absence.
January 05, 2017