A survey of the physical qualities and metaphysical quandaries of the United States-Mexico border. Follows the boundary and its immediate surrounding topography incrementally from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean.
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It is, for sure, an expression of what can be done in contemporary cinema. An interesting way to analyze a territory through a conceptual use of landscapes with moving photographs. Certainly it is a documentary about human presence but without them, which can make for greater depth.
There is a beauty about desolation that Rappmund is keenly aware of. He lingers just long enough on an image for it expand into a concept. Turning his sights more on land this time and the land that falls between boundaries, the film looks at what it means to be in a state of in between. His idiosyncratic style does well to translate this to the viewer. He pulls back the covers on his methodology here which I enjoy.
not nearly as calming as his first film, psychohydrography, but i think that is expected given the subject matter. tectonics does a good job of highlighting the strangeness that comes with trying to physically separate a contiguous area of land. two gripes: i hated the "morphing" transition effect used on foliage, and i felt like the audio was trying too hard to tell its own story. a little too in-your-face for me.
Beautiful absurdity. To watch this film is both a treat for the eyes and a debacle to contemplate. The colors and images were marvelous; the notion of a fence of such rusted magnitude was bewildering. My favourite border indication was the row of tiny red flags in a field...