Joe, a young American soldier, is hit by a mortar shell on the last day of World War I. He lies in a hospital bed in a fate worse than death --- a quadruple amputee who has lost his arms, ... See full summary »
This Scandinavian production draws on some of the observational strategies of Godfrey Reggio's Koyaanisqatsi, allowing us to reflect on patterns and phenomena of human and natural existence from both intimate and sweeping viewpoints.
The first third of this film, thrilled me. I was piqued by the connections the directors made between song, dance, religion and ecstasy. But gradually it began to irritate me that the makers apparently couldn't see beyond their own New Age eco-narcissism. Step by step the movie becomes a political manifesto and most of the good intentions go to waste. It is still a very interesting film and despite its shortcomings in image quality, it should be viewed by anyone who liked Baraka.
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