Eoghan is a sound recordist who is returning to Ireland for the first time in 15 years. The reason for his return is a job offer: to record landscapes free from man-made sound. His quest takes him to remote terrain, away from towns and villages.
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Playing nature sounds in cold galleries is not a hipster’s whim. Perhaps only in unnatural juxtapositions perception can awaken to aural sensations ignored in their organic sphere, because unconsciously many utter des Esseintes’ lament: nature as such lost all appeal. Cities’ grating, overlaying free-jazzy clatter engenders much too often an inner reattuning; whatever the actual sonic environment, ears are much half-
One of the few sucessful filmic discourses about the meaning of sound: Collins made a wonderful and somewhat enigmatic film about sound, voices, music and memory with sensuous pictures and beautiful sounds layers.
Lushly understated both sonically and visually. He goes around, speaks Gaelic, stares out of a small window. I'm not sure what happens or why, and I'm sure it doesn't matter. A charming postcard from the wet country.
An enthralling mix of documentary and formal experimentation that brilliantly undercuts the picturesque nature of the Irish landscape with an internalised exploration of sound. Few Irish films are like it and Pat Collins is a talent to watch.
Starts a bit like the man with a deadcat at the end of a boom. Continues as a rather gripping tale considering the low explicit contents density. Also, I wish I could have bough a polarising lens for the filmmaker, I have photographed many of the same scenaries...
I think the film would be amazing with an actually quiet projector. The soundscape was ruined with the now whiny power supply.
Meditative semi-documentary, interspersed with black and white footage of days gone by. Calmly thought-provoking. One distressing moment (in the black and white footage), an incident with an unfortunate dog that has stayed with me. And I found it annoying that he drives around in remote places in a seemingly silent car, which is daft, car noise travels far in quiet places. Other than that, a lot of tranquil beauty.