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Kiss the Water is not a biography. It is not a documentary. It is a
celebration of beauty.
If you want to see a documentary about fly fishing, or the creation of flies, you may be disappointed. If you want to go on a river cruise through interwoven scenes of heart-wrenching animation and breathtaking cinematography, climb aboard and hold on tight.
As with all great art, Kiss the Water is both a lens and a mirror. It allows you to see the beauty of the individual; tying flies because the feathers, wires and hooks call to her. It allows us to see the beauty of the scene; the river that carries these hand-crafted lures to their prey. It allows us to see the potential in ourselves; creators of details and worlds.
If the visual splendor weren't enough, Kiss the Water is punctuated with an equally-transcendent soundtrack. Beauty, upon beauty, upon beauty.
Fly fishing, and more specifically the making of the flies that help to
catch the salmon, does not exactly sound like the most cinematically
pleasing of subjects does it? Well, through his obvious passion for his
subject matter, Eric Steel has managed to create an engaging
documentary. Using beautiful visuals, a stunning score from Paul
Cantelon and telling the story of Megan Boyd as though she were at
times a mythical figure, Kiss the Water is a beautiful cinematic
portrait and tribute to a woman many (including me) may never have
heard of, but for those that fly fish, was the name of legend.
Her secluded and traditional lifestyle may have made Megan seem an almost mythical and poetic figure, but in the context of Kiss the Water makes for a film with a genuinely cinematic feel. The beautiful visuals and score make sure that this is no generic warts n all documentary, but a passionately made cinematic portrait. Megan herself made the flies purely as a form of art and took no pleasure in the fact they were for catching (and killing) salmon, the fact salmon are attracted to the flies is a fact that cannot be explained as the film mentions, but yet hers were by far the best at this. For that reason she was honoured by royalty, but despite that remained humble. To learn the stories of her later life within this film also evoke emotional engagement with the film, though of course I do not want to say anymore.
Kiss the Water is not a film that I expect people to rush out and see due to its apparent niche subject matter. However for anyone after a film that is made with genuine passion, as well as being an informative watch but also a rewarding, invigorating and visually pleasing tribute to one individual that was the best at she did, then I would certainly recommend Kiss the Water.
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