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Cartographer Will Shepard hits the road for his latest job: to create a new, more accurate satellite survey of Armenia. During his assignment, he forms a bond with an Armenian expatriate and art photographer.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Coyote ... Storyteller
Ben Foster ... Will Shepard
Datekiv Kharibyan Datekiv Kharibyan ... Ashtarak Hotel Woman
Nareg Duryan Nareg Duryan ... Drunk Man
Lubna Azabal ... Gadarine Nazarian
Karapet Aleksanyan Karapet Aleksanyan ... Taxi Driver
Narek Nersisyan Narek Nersisyan ... Krikor Nazarian
Karine Voskanyan Karine Voskanyan ... Socialite Woman
Ashot Yerighyan Ashot Yerighyan ... Socialite Man
Garik Chepchyan Garik Chepchyan ... Russian Businessman
Toma Petrosyan Toma Petrosyan ... Russian Businessman's Date
Ara Dkhtrikyan Ara Dkhtrikyan ... Trade Minister
Alla Sahakyan Alla Sahakyan ... Party Hostess
Gauane Manoukyan Gauane Manoukyan ... Market Woman
Tatevik Manoukyan Tatevik Manoukyan ... Market Girl
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Cartographer Will Shepard hits the road for his latest job: to create a new, more accurate satellite survey of Armenia. During his assignment, he forms a bond with an Armenian expatriate and art photographer.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Armenian

Release Date:

January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sorselágazás See more »

Filming Locations:

Armenia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Filmed in Armenia where Sergei Parajanov made his masterpiece Sayat Nova. See more »

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Storyteller: Scientists and dreamers, they travel the world with watchful eyes, and guzzle hope like water. Their journeys were separate, but their purpose was common - to map the world. One begged for money and pencils. Another tore his shirt to strips, carefully wrapping his shredded feet. Yet another, thirsty, near starving, suckled the sap from plants. None had an easy road.
Storyteller: Though utterly dependent on one another, most found the other's maps unsettling. They denied one's perspective by ...
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A Meditation on Discovering Love and Self
25 July 2012 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

HERE is not likely to be a phenomenal box office hit - nor does it seem to be intended for that. This extended (126 minutes) visual, poetic, philosophical experience is more an unwinding meditation about the beauty of Armenia and the crisscrossing of two lives of people who happen to encounter each other and find more definition of their own direction through a slowly developing love story. The film's opening moments are visually blinks of light and color and barely recognizable landscape as background to some lovely philosophical commentary made by off screen Peter Coyote. It plays like an overture to the story that lies ahead.

Will Shepard (Ben Foster) is an American satellite-mapping cartographer who has been assigned a location in Armenia to adjust the satellite images of this country. He speaks no Armenian and while attempting to order food in a café he is aided by a girl Gadarine Nazarian (Lubna Azabal) who provides translation. Gadarine is a photographer who spends her time on the road, away from her elderly parents and brother, taking artistic photographs: she has had a successful show of her work in Paris. Will and Gadarine chat momentarily but more importantly they connect with a mutually felt magnetism. Coincidences bring them together to travel as Gadarine photographs the countryside and village people and Will works on his meticulous mapping techniques. Their relationship develops into one of passion and filling each other's needs, but at the same time their coming together defines where each of these unique people find their life direction. How the couple close the film is too special to share in a review.

The true star of this film is the cinematographer Lol Crowley who with director and writer Braden King layout the most mysteriously beautiful landscape images: at times there is no dialogue to interfere with the sheer eloquence of the images of Armenian countryside. The musical score is minimal - by Boxhead Ensemble - and that adds to the meditative aspect of the film. Yes, there are scenes where Will and Gadarine interact with other characters and these are sensitive diversions. But basically this is an extended melancholic road trip, taken at a deliberately slow pace to allow the audience to discover the HERE with Will and Gadarine. It seems even longer than its excessive over-two hour length, but at the same time it is a film that refreshes the mind from all the noise and madness of the other current films. Recommended for those who appreciate experimental filmmaking.

Grady Harp


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