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Aquarela (2018)

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Water and ice are shown around the world, in all of their many powerful forms.

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Viktor Kossakovsky (as Victor Kossakovsky)
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Water is the main protagonist, seen in all its great and terrible beauty. Mountains of ice move and break apart as if they had a life of their own. Kossakovsky's film travels the world, from the precarious frozen waters of Russia's Lake Baikal and Miami in the throes of Hurricane Irma, to Venezuela's mighty Angel Falls in order to paint a portrait of this fluid life force in all its glorious forms. Fragile humans experience life and death, joy and despair in the face of its power.

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Rated PG for some thematic elements | See all certifications »
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UK | Germany | Denmark | USA

Language:

Russian | English | Spanish

Release Date:

13 December 2019 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Aquarela - Força da Natureza See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Baikal, Russia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,753, 18 August 2019

Gross USA:

$289,400

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$365,405
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Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The Composer Eicca Toppinen is the main man of Finnish cello-metal band Apocalyptica, and is also a talented composer and producer. See more »

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Entertaining, but often not spectacular
28 August 2019 | by EclecticEnnuiSee all my reviews

My favourite film is "Koyaanisqatsi", which is a documentary about nature and urban life. It's probably not a well-known film, but that doesn't matter to me. I absolutely love it and it made me cry the first time I saw it. When I went to see "Aquarela", I was hoping it would be like "Koyaanisqatsi" and I guess you could say it's kinda similar, but it didn't blow me away. I feel a bit disappointed. Maybe my expectations were too high? I dunno, but I still enjoyed it.

"Aquarela" is basically a documentary about water and ice. Like "Koyaanisqatsi", there's no narration. We're just shown footage of water and ice, among other things, like people boating and people getting cars out of water and ice. There's a scene where I think people are trying to rescue someone who may be drowning. You don't see them successfully rescue that person or recover a body. Did the person die? Maybe the filmmakers know, but you don't, at least just by watching the film. Is it fair to criticize the fact that you don't find out? Granted, you don't know anything about this person, but after the film is over, you might still be thinking about him or her. I don't know if there's a message or a dedication in the end credits.

I feel disappointed that you don't hear that much music to go along with the footage, but when you do hear music, it's pretty good. The footage itself is nice to look at. You see waves of water, ice falling, etc. There were only a few times when I thought the footage looked utterly amazing, though. There is one part that I had trouble watching because it was quite overwhelming for my eyes and not in a good way, but I'm not sure how to distinguish that part from other footage in the film.

Does "Aquarela" have anything to do with climate change? I'm not sure. You can think about that yourself if you see the film. This is probably one of those films that isn't for everyone. Maybe you'll be really bored watching it, but I wasn't. I liked it. Some of the footage is really quite breathtaking and when there's music, it suits the footage. I think I might've liked the film more if there was a lot more music.


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