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A documentary about the development around Barton Springs in Austin, Texas, and nature's unexpected response to being threatened by human interference.

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A documentary about the development around Barton Springs in Austin, Texas, and nature's unexpected response to being threatened by human interference.

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Director Laura Dunn was 9 months pregnant at the time of her interview with Robert Redford. The interview took place on her due date. She gave birth the next day to a son (to whom the film is dedicated). See more »

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A latter animation showing water lines becoming blood vessels has a noticeable shift. It appears a duplicate frame has been accidentally inserted. See more »

Quotes

Robert Redford: We're trying to get at something deeper here... which is, that force, bigger than all of us, here longer than all of us that designed something that is still mysterious to us, that we're trying to figure out and put order to... Well, that's the spirit of something, and it's best reflected in natural places.
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The film's credits play alongside a series of photographs. Contribution photographers are listed at the end of the sequence. Photos were from various Flickr accounts and many names are actually Flickr members' nicknames. See more »

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Features Frontline: The Great American Bailout (1991) See more »

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Fur Alina
Written by 'Arvo Part'
Performed by Aleksei Lubimov (as Alexei Lubimov)
Courtesy of BIS Records
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Amateurish
20 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

Whether you support unfettered property rights on the one hand or a government's exercise of power to defend the common good on the other hand, this film will let you down. On the left, it's often unenlightening clap trap, especially when you notice the horribly sentimental background music. On the right, it points out the selfishness of those claiming to be the real Americans when they are mostly just "real loud" Americans. Someone should tell those folks that common sense says you don't shite where you eat, but as long as they're taking cash to the bank they'll apparently just do their business wherever they please. These people probably know that everything has consequences, but they plan for the other guy to bear those consequences, a guaranteed formula for social meltdown.

The only admirable figures in the film were a wizened old farmer and a young boy in a new suburb. Those two seemed to possess a clarity of thought singularly missing from the property developers on one side and the ecological "Nimbys" on the other. It was nice, though, to see the late Texas governor Ann Richards again, certainly a far more lucid politician than the person who replaced her.

I think neither side was well depicted in this film of the ongoing battle between personal vs. social, private vs. public. Ultimately, The Unforeseen is, unfortunately, a lightweight film on a very serious subject.


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