This film is like browsing an elegant photography book from the universe of Harry Potter: beautifully shot images that *move*. Take your time and explore each picture with your eyes; enjoy the experience. Those who are fascinated by the natural art of decay and ruin will find much to love here. My plainest description: the most professionally produced photo slideshow ever.
Surreal, detached, existentialist. A dystopian present. And it is so damn beautiful. It takes the cold lens and looks at what humanity has created and left behind. It does not hide the ugly things. Instead it takes these things and finds a way to make them something magical. It captures sound of nature and civilization interacting poignantly and clearly. Each moment there is so much to take in. A new distraction.
Ideally this would've been shot on film, subject to its own inevitable decay! As is, I dunno. I love contemplative long takes but here, they just made me think of maybe a small crew behind the camera; their coffees… At times, you hear the wind slap the mic. Ineffectual. A conceptual cop-out. How about: Each landscape shot as if w/ people. But no one descends the stairs to finish the shot. No one opens the door... 2.5
This is what we leave behind. Structures, spaces, papers and pens. Haunted places. Perhaps some day some other animals will take over them after nature has altered them; perhaps in the far future some will be able to pose the question, what were these made for and whatever happened to the ones who made them. You can’t really avoid these thoughts while watching these beautiful but distressing images.
A movie that left me with a sense of utter calm and (dare I say it) contentment at the knowledge that life will go on after I've left it. Homo Sapiens not only did something with the cinematic medium I'd never seen before, but also made me feel and think in a way I'd never done before - and in a way that only the cinematic medium, with its foregrounding of time and an encounter with the nonhuman, could enable.
Don't be fooled by the apparent similarity to those dumb listicles Buzzfeed publishes every now and again; this is not just a collection of pretty images and abandoned spaces. Much of the beauty here is interstitial, in the way the images feed into each other. There's a cut near the end where the seasons change abruptly that is one of the finer editorial decisions I've seen in a while.
A long sequence of 'living pictures' of wrecked and abandoned places. No human trace, only Nature survives, despite all, beyond everything: hear its breath of life, through the rustle amidst the ruins.It feels like forever. You have the sense of History, past and future at once, in the void all around. There still is everywhere the inner beauty of geometry, even if it's disrupted and corrupted.