The Gerês Mountain separates Portugal from Galicia. It knows no borders, and rocks cross from one country to another with insolence. Smugglers also disobey this separation, waiting for the night to cross the distance that separates them.
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A fairly banal exercise in form. Visually, the film is interesting, but its sense of the indistinguishable rejects the audience from immersing into its structure. The naturalistic soundscape is worthwhile.
50/100 - Mediocre
Una "notte senza distanza" dal suggestivo impianto estetico, inscenata artificialmente mediante l'inversione in negativo dell'immagine (ed un'elevata accentuazione di toni e luci) allo scopo di rappresentare un'ambiente illusorio e dall'indefinito fluire temporale, che i decelerati movimenti di macchina contribuiscono a dilatare: http://visionesospesa.blogspot.it/2015/09/noite-sem-distancia-night-without.html
"There are trails of souls in landscapes" writes poet de Pascoaes, and Patiño's rather simple trick of negative image-reversal turns an otherwise mundane pastoral scene into a window onto that truth. A world turned game environment, with the sounds & pacing of a dream; a jolt sufficient to facilitate the reintroduction of mystery. Sadly, the 'mystery' is petty smugglers about whom we're given no reason to care... 2.5
Night Without Distance is peculiar and dreamy. Deciding to play with the camera in out there ways, its tricks take precedence over plot and language. It succeeds in appearances, it is beautiful capturing imagery what other films would miss because of the non-traditional presentation. This only takes the film so far and uses its quirkiness as a crutch. For the time spent with the film, it is still a joy to watch.
Beautiful and Otherworldly. Great article that describes the process Patino used in the making of this: http://filmmakermagazine.com/96293-night-vision-some-questions-posed-by-lois-patinos-negative-image-night-without-distance/#.V1tlR_krK70