Wonderful cinematography and skillful editing, but that was all I got. I know a grander narrative was being told through the animation, a story of how water flows from mountains to aqueducts to cities and finally to the sea. This film does not do for water supply what Koyaanisqatsi did for humanity's relationship with nature and technology. Or perhaps it does, but the former just isn't as compelling a narrative.
Many times I was almost overwhelmed by the beauty of the images – loved the most the natural landscapes, and the abstract ones. And don't understimate the work behind the motion, the editing and above all, the sound design: it has a musicality of its own, capturing the spirit of the landscapes way deeper than photography alone ever could. Maybe I'd have cut off something – but still, it's so close to perfection.
This film ia a natural mirror held up to the 'stationary static' that is the dichotomy of greater Los Angeles. Seeing so much movement, and hearing so many wave variants, this gem carries the frequencies of industry and nature, reminding us how perception, timing and longevity play out in the human imposition of bending nature. The last shot, of backwards rolling ocean waves, is a return to the imminent source.
Put this on figuring it was something I could half-watch over supper... took me roughly two-and-a-half hours to finish as I had to pause and just sit on a frame about every two to three minutes, and then felt compelled to re-watch the closing waves scene thrice. Fortunately I wasn't having shrooms for supper otherwise I might have lived with this film all night!
Aside from being a thing of great beauty and meditative density, Psychohydrography is extremely thoughtful as a look at how man controls and regulates the flow of water. Indeed webs and networks (inarguably, it would seem, the symbols of our age) have always been about regulating flow. As a social animal, that is what man is: a regulator of flows. The shimmering, plasticine uncanniness of the water is magical.