Latest from the Sensory Ethnography Laboratory finds us in the Gorkha valley of Nepal with a camera fixed on a cable car that leads up to the Manakamana temple. Through a series of fixed camera shots we meet the riders. Some ride in quiet reflection, others with nervous chatter or apprehension and others just want an ice cream. Not profound but poignant with a rich blend of humanity and staggering nature.
A wonderful viewing experience, and an exploration into human behavior. I love this film because it does not aim to speak as an all-encompassing portrait and it does not pretend to be anything more than what is displayed on screen. The goat and ice cream scenes were my favorite.
A playful and contemplative glimpse into culture and human behavior. There’s an obvious and effective structural simplicity to the film’s design and it’s a pattern that begins to expand in significance from its repetition. While not as brilliant as Sweetgrass and Leviathan, its pleasures are smaller and more intimate.
Another wonderful creation from Harvard's lab. They're truly on the path to pioneer new directions in cinema. I was shocked to agree that this film is funny, in fact more humorous than most comedies these days in its quiet observation of people. The only fault is the repetition of the couple at the end. It's inconsistent and breaks the beauty of the film.