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Watermark (2013)

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A documentary on how water shapes humanity.
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A documentary on how water shapes humanity.

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Poetic tone poem of a film about water and human beings
1 November 2014 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

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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Canada

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Mandarin | Bengali | Hindi | Spanish | English

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11 October 2013 (Canada) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$7,724, 6 April 2014

Gross USA:

$84,464

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$146,572
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