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Poetic tone poem of a film about water and human beings
Stunningly beautiful and powerful images highlight this examination of how mankind re-shapes water and how it flows for good and ill, more often ill - and in turn how the water re-shapes civilization and human behavior.
There's no real story, just a series of visits to locations around the world where water powerfully interacts with humanity, like the pilgrimage of 30 million people to bathe in the Ganges river.
Without narration and a specific focus the film could be accused of being too diffuse. But for me the raw power of the images Burtynsky is one of our greatest still photographers who has spent much of his career creating huge images of humans and nature clashing and interacting - give the piece a poetic, if not literal power and solidity.
Also, if the film is not enough, there's an almost 40 minute gallery of Burtynsky's amazing still images, which look great blown up on a HD set, as he explains the photographs and how they were taken. That extra alone is reason enough to own the blu-ray. It's like the world's best photography book, with the images at least a little closer in size to Burtynsky's massive prints.
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