The End Of Time (2013)
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"Recalling the work of Terrence Malick, Werner Herzog and the late Chris Marker" (Hollywood Reporter), Peter Mettler's enthralling new film combines elements of documentary, essay, and experimental cinema to create a tour de force that challenges our conception of time - and perhaps the very fabric of our existence. With stunning cinematography and a knack for capturing astonishing moments, The End of Time travels the planet - from the CERN particle accelerator outside Geneva to the lava flows of Hawaii; from a disintegrating Detroit where Henry Ford built his first factory to the tree where Buddha was enlightened. Both mind-expanding and eerily familiar, Mettler's provocative film explores the links between renewal and destruction, between primordial mysticism and the furthest reaches of modern science, giving the viewer a transcendent cinematic experience.(c) First Run Features … More
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Critic Reviews for The End Of Time
[I]t's about a series of seemingly disconnected topics linked by an abstract idea, and by a certain exploratory spirit.
A scientific/philosophical/religious meditation on Time. That's something you don't see in a movie theater routinely, all the more compelling since it is visually rewarding as well.
It's easy to mock some of these platitudes, and it's to Mr. Mettler's credit that he never does. His questions are answered with more questions, because words seem ultimately useless in his query.
It leaves you without the net of linear temporality, frightened and freed by the implications.
"We all see our own unique rainbows," he reflects, with an absence of irony that in its own way is sort of endearing. The film goes on like this, glacially, for two hours.
Mettler is fascinated by the slow process of natural decay, and how much of it is caused by human neglect or interference.
In painting such a densely existential picture of us all, [Mettler] ultimately engages no one.
Audience Reviews for The End Of Time
Documentarian Peter Mettler interviews various people (scientists, artists, hermits, mystics) about their thoughts on time, using poetic footage of lava flows, particle accelerators, and digital mandalas as a visual background. A meditative but unfocused experiment that at times gets a little too hippie-dippy-acid-trippy for its own good. At two hours of plotless visuals, it's obviously not for everyone, but it earns points for earnestly exploring serious philosophical concepts that most movies shy away from.More
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