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De zee die denkt (2000)

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Incredible optical illusions in a story in a story in a story helps the surprised viewer finally to find out that he has been watching himself all along.

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Bart Klever ... Klever, Bart
Devika Strooker ... Marga
Rick de Leeuw ... Himself
Don Duyns ... Duyns, Don
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The Sea That Thinks is a surprising film about itself. A film overflowing with twists and turns and new angles. It focuses on Bart, a scriptwriter who is writing the script for this film. In the film, Bart himself plays the scriptwriter writing the script of The Sea That Thinks. He types what he does and does what he types. In his film, he finds the answer to the urgent question: How do we find happiness? He uses stunning examples to show us that our world is only to be found in our consciousness. What is real and what is illusion? Do we believe in our dream world while we dream? Do we believe in the reality of film while we see it? And why? His combination of pictures and text has a hypnotic effect on the viewer. It provides an exciting, dislocating and humorous adventure. Later it also becomes apparent that the film is not about this tormented scriptwriter at all. In a game filled with optical illusions and continually changing points of view, the surprised viewers gradually find ... Written by Gert de Graaff <gdg@nl.packardbell.org>

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Do you think you know what you are? Forget it! See more »


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21 December 2000 (Netherlands)  »

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A gondolkodó tenger  »

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Caris Mere
by Giya Kancheli
Maacha Deubner - soprano
Kim Kashkashian - violin
Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
Conducted by Dennis Russell Davies (as Dennis Russel Davies)
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read about this captivating and fun-filled 100 minutes feature
1 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

We all create our own reality, or do we? That is the core question behind this highly original and masterfully crafted examination of the illusionary nature of reality. Blending Eastern and Buddhist philosophies with the visual chicanery of M.C. Escher, this fascinating treatise manages to take on the rather cerebral question of 'Who are we and what is our place in the universe?', and turn it into a captivating and fun-filled 100 minutes. The film centers on Bart, a writer struggling with his screenplay, 'The Sea That Thinks.' As he sits at his computer, the work begins to unfold as nothing more than a description of his sitting at the computer, writing the screenplay. Before long he is stuck in a whirling conundrum in which everything he writes becomes reality. Director Gert de Graaff approaches his subject with an impish sense of humor and dazzles the viewer with a series of astounding visual tricks that confront the nature and validity of our perception. Ultimately, de Graaff's film challenges the audience at several levels to question whether anything we see or touch or taste is really what it appears to be, or whether our entire understanding of the universe and our place in it is merely a trick played on us by our senses.


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