While the film’s shape is a bit of a hodgepodge, it admits to the open-ended nature of its project and the sense that a great deal of this human culture and experience is already beyond the reach of the cinema.
Saw at NYFF 57 (PROJECTIONS): A lot transpires, even though it seems like very little is happening. I appreciate films this ambitious and even if it doesn't all work, it is at the very least compulsively watchable!
A deeply considered ethnographic docu-poem on Vietnam's indigenous tribes. Its extraneous sci-fi narrative is a framework through which the film examines their elemental way of life & the profound isolation of their communities, keenly aware of the way it gazes upon them as alien & unfamiliar--a gaze that has historically been weaponised against them. Above all, it asks: What does it mean to make life habitable? - KT