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A filmmaker's inquiry into transcendence becomes a three-hour trip across countries and cultures, interconnecting people, places and times. From Toronto, the scene of his childhood, Peter Mettler sets out on a journey that includes evangelism at the airport strip, demolition in Las Vegas, tracings in the Nevada desert, chemistry and street life in Switzerland, and the coexistence of technology and divinity in contemporary India. Everywhere along the way, the same themes are to be found: thrill-seeking, luck, destiny, belief, expanding perception, the craving for security in an uncertain world. Fact joins with fantasy; the search for meaning and the search for ecstasy begin to merge. Written by
Without a doubt, saying that this movie is dull is a sad misunderstanding. It is not a dynamic fiction nor a pre-digested documentary. Rather this is a reflection and invitation to join in and think. Thus, the slow pace is a delight as it enables one to explore the meanings of each sequences. More movies should have action less breaks. On this particular journey, Metller explores our fascination for an escape of this earthly condition and furthermore underlines our instinctive desire to gather in Unity. All people, all ethnics, whichever their means have their rites of communion. Mankind is seeking for happiness and fulfilment should it be through gatherings, drugs, vain hopes and even maybe intrinsic biological qualities. This movie exposes the dream of man to become fully united, to become god, eventual point of the evolution of biogenesis. This is one of the most intelligent movie I have yet seen. The images are beautiful and so is the score. A long slow dream in essence of Humanity.
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