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The Raft


Regizat de Marcus Lindeen
Suedia, Danemarca, 2018


In 1973, 5 men and 6 women embarked on a raft as part of a scientific experiment studying violence, aggression and sexual attraction in human behaviour. Through archive material and a reunion of the surviving members on a replica of the raft, this film tells the hidden story behind the expedition.

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The Raft Regizat de Marcus Lindeen

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I’ll confess to being skeptical about THE RAFT, which, much like the cuckoo social experiment it details, at first seems like something centered on sex and violence. Marcus Lindeen’s documentary, however, reveals itself to be a more nuanced expedition—pun intended—into the mystifying terrain that is human nature.
October 12, 2018
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Spiky, still-topical surges of cultural, racial and gender conflict emerge in the inadvertent dialogue between them, as well as in the live, present-day conversation between the reunited seafarers.
March 24, 2018
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Ce spun cinefilii?

  • Tim Winter's rating of the film The Raft

    Thin stuff, really. It was nearly touched on at the end but surely the answer to Santiago's questions about violence and war (typical male concerns) is to have women at the helm. Bleedin' obvious, non? Compare with The Work, violent men wanting to cry...

  • Paul Bareham's rating of the film The Raft

    A well-made documentary that never quite catches fire, despite a wealth of archive footage and some engaging interviewees, maybe because you always sense that the real truth of the story is still out there, perhaps with the participants who aren't with us anymore, perhaps in the discretion and diplomacy of those left behind.

  • bryanvmh's rating of the film The Raft

    Counteracts the overactive pontificating of the researcher by providing a movie with small insights rather than trying to chockablock it with eureka moments. This makes for a pleasant if uninspiring watch.

  • Superfrog's rating of the film The Raft

    I like the technique of the documentary, a mix of archives and of original participants telling g their point of view, avoiding the trap of single analytical point of view. And I enjoyed the subject of this documentary. That makes for full marks, something that I don't do all that often. Meeting with director and 4 of the surviving crew members, particularly the captain, make this a truly enjoyable experience.

  • johmus's rating of the film The Raft

    Reality experiment shot in a fixed environment with fixed purposes on a crew picked to manipulate the outcome of the experiment about human violence towards human violence. Sometimes too slow, sometimes too narrow but overall it's documentary storytelling about the human condition and the power of togetherness inside a group at the face of danger. A film born out of extremely bold way of thinking.

  • Jose Paulo's rating of the film The Raft

    The concept in the essence of this Documentary seems really a good idea, however the simple fact of the reality didn't meeting the expectations makes this trip a merely sequence of old images cross with current testimony from some of the survivors. We feel like that this is one of the cases when what it seems a great idea in beginning rapidly is shut down by the tedious nature of human condition.

  • Kevin Matthews's rating of the film The Raft

    A documentary looking at a famous experiment conducted in the early 1970s, this feels a little too light and unfocused to truly draw viewers in. The experiment itself is interesting, and some of the events that flare up are enough to help the pacing, but too many moments aren't given the time and attention they deserve, even moments that occur between the subjects discussing their experiences in the present day.

  • tinderness's rating of the film The Raft

    Wenig blieb vom wissenschaftlichen Ansatz dieses Experiments, wohl auch weil die Prinzipien der teilnehmenden Beobachtung völlig außer Acht gelassen wurden. So bildet die Dokumentation wohl nur mehr heuristisch ab, was die Erinnerung erlaubt. Als Theaterstück hätte mir das wohl besser gefallen oder als Roman.

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