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Two Years at Sea

Directed by Ben Rivers

UK, 2011

Cornerhouse, 14 May 2012

Two Years at Sea

Picturesque landscapes and skyscapes complement a portrait of a man alone, living apart from the modern world.

We have an almost still camera, slowly encompassing clouds and trees and grassy terrain, along with the man himself.  We see the man’s cluttered home, the photographs of people who meant something to him once, mean something to him still.  An unobtrusive camera, yet observant as a hawk: it doesn’t miss a nuance, takes it all in.

It is curious as well the way that time seems to slow down as you watch Rivers’ film; there’s no rushing about, no frantic attempt to meet a deadline or catch a train.  The working world’s bloody flux is left far behind, trailing in the dust somewhere.

For Michelangelo, the heart was an organ of perception.  Better believe it, for along with vision a big dollop of empathy is needed to see this fine film and man aright.

The film is screened again on 17 May, details here.

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