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"Cinematographic, observational and meditative mystery..."
English artist and director Ben Rivers' debut full-length fictional documentary feature which he produced, premiered in the Orizzonti Section at the 68th Venice Film Festival in 2011, was shot on location in Scotland and is a United Kingdom production. It tells the story about a middle-aged man named Jake who lives a solitary life in a house near the mountains and close to the ocean.
Distinctly and subtly directed by English filmmaker Ben Rivers, this very quietly paced and somewhat fictional tale which is narrated entirely from the main character's point of view, draws a reflective portrayal of a man who leads a secluded life. While notable for it's naturalistic, prominent and atmospheric milieu depictions, distinct and very low-keyed black-and-white cinematography by cinematographer Lubomir Bakcev and use of sound and time, this artistic examination of a man and his lifestyle where the pace is in accordance with the character's pace depicts a somewhat distant and considerate study of character.
This at times surreal and understated documentary which is driven by its atmosphere, is impelled and reinforced by it's fragmented narrative structure, subtle continuity, efficient silence and pivotal moments. A cinematographic, observational and meditative mystery and a diverse cinematic experience which gained the FIPRESCI Prize at the 68th Venice Film Festival in 2011.
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