A patience tester but beautifully photographed. A rural portrait of isolation, it's no wonder Rivers' film lacks any sort of narrative arc. Practically silent, occasionally relaxing and serene, Two Years at Sea is, if anything, a little guilty of saying nothing, it's pure observation approach feeling a little vacuous. Yet despite this, it paints a picture of life that we've all yearned for and it's refreshing to...
La naturaleza salvaje aunque dominada sobriamente por la habilidad y la tecnología del hombre de "Two years at sea", me recuerda a "La libertad" de Lisandro Alonso. Ambos filmes documentales pero que fácilmente podrían ajustarse a lo ficcional. El cierre de ambas películas es casi idéntico.En el caso de Rivers, su estética es sugerente,al igual que su atmósfera. La soledad tiene mucha presencia; un aire a beatus ille
draws you in almost instantly, the use of 16mm is perfectly suited to Jake's "routine" in the wilderness. reminded me a little of Tarr's The Turin Horse, you really feel as if you're out there with Jake as the film gradually washes over you. Ben Rivers, I've got my eye on you.
Shot on 16mm film then transferred to 35mm for presentation, the film celebrates all the weaknesses of film stock while rarely displaying its strengths. The long takes of a man living alone and isolated (except for the camera and whatever crew, of course) are often intriguing, sometimes beautiful, and regularly challenging of the patience. Some will find it rewarding and worthwhile, others won't. I'm on the fence.
Ah, dirt, something we rarely see in today's cinema. Imperfection, rough edges. The images flickers, like it used to. A free film about a free man, "free" being a paradox as it does have its limits. It has no beginning or end, everything is constantly coming into being then passing away.