One day, Nothing runs away from home and addresses humanity for the first and last time, commenting on all it sees—contemplating death, politics, the meaning of life. Voiced by Iggy Pop, scored by The Tiger Lillies and Pascal Comelade, and subtitled in 35 languages including Esperanto and Latin.
With images from 70 countries shot by 62 cinematographers, this satirical essay-film travels the world to deliver a treatise about… Nothing. With an absurdist charm all of its own, existential meditations are pondered with whimsical lightheartedness. What’s more, Iggy Pop narrates—in verse!
The film could be about the urgent, modern necessity of quiet observation. It is also an ode to the ability of cinematographers everywhere to sublimate the environment around them and transcribe their vision to the screen.
How do you give a star rating to a film like this? With a movie so perversely sui generis, yardsticks are pointless. It all comes down to the viewer’s tolerance for pretension and avant-garde risk taking.
Mitic claims he does not recall when the idea first came to him, but as it emerged he started contacting documentary filmmakers the world over to ask them to send him their best documentary shots of «nothing».
With this one I had a blast! Watching photographies - some funny, most aesthetical pleasures, some mind-bending, others beautiful - accompanied by Tiger Lillies’ macabre music that makes you wanna take Death out for a drink and tell jokes together, plus Iggy Pop doing William S. B. And the idea that we all were once nothing, one day we’ll again be nothing, in-between we’re humans often feeling we’re nothing.
This is easily my favorite movie that I've watched so far this year. I'm not much one for poetry, but the writing of the narration in this movie was beautiful, amusing and profound. The cinematography was not only very well done, but more beautifully combined with the great narration by Iggy Pop and the wonderful musical score into a masterful piece of art.
Halfway through I knew I wanted to watch this again.
A filmmaker’s film, an ode to the camera itself and the beauty of everything it captures, even the most seemingly mundane—or “nothing”—subjects. Not quite narrative, not quite documentary, I guess IPON would best be classified (though that very act defeats the purpose) as an essay film, like “Sans Soleil” but much cuter (though never precious). The cinematography is stunning and Iggy Pop’s narration is a real treat.
A very unusual film: documentary elements (captured with great cinematography), divided in chapters and combined with mixture of music and poetry. The result is sometimes thoughtful, sometimes ironic, sometimes playful, sometimes surreal.
The choice of an ironic and absurd register perfectly deliver that sense of uneasiness when talking about Nothing. However, why bother discussing Nothing? You get nowhere by discussing Nothing, besides a temporary feeling of relief for having sublimated your tension with it in something tangible. However, the author's seem quite aware of this game of his, which is definitely appreciable.
This was a whole new cinema experience and I just loved it! The film's objective is to make the espectator feel and meditate. In addition, there were some non-motion frames that looked like a paiting. This is what cinema is supposed to be... a feeling and sensitive experience!!