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The Sound of Insects: Record of a Mummy (2009)

A hunter in a remote and idyllic forest stumbles on a make shift tent fashioned from sheets of plastic and containing the mummified remains of a corpse. A detailed journal found on site ... See full summary »

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A hunter in a remote and idyllic forest stumbles on a make shift tent fashioned from sheets of plastic and containing the mummified remains of a corpse. A detailed journal found on site reveals the man committed suicide by self-imposed starvation. Who was this man? Why did he kill himself in such a manner? Inspired by this true event and by the novella 'Until I Am a Mummy' by Shimada Masahiko, Insects sensuously evokes the mysterious man's last days. Written by Shannon Abel

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24 December 2010 (USA)  »

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Das Summen der Insekten - Bericht einer Mumie  »

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A brilliant film
17 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is amazing on a number of levels. First I imagine finding this persons corpse to be a shocking moment. Second to have the respect to read his journal pretty amazing. I imagine that it could have just as easily been discarded. And then to make this lovely film honoring this persons efforts to experience the end of their body I find absurd, poetic, compassionate and awakening. What a gift to share! Death is a subject that many seem to relegate to the closet and to understand this thing called life this work seems to ponder with deep curiosity. It definitely stands in line with some of the greatest efforts to understand something that all of us must someday confront. Some fine examples include Kafka's hunger artist to Japanese death poems. I for one am grateful for works of this nature.


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