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The Observers (2012)

The Observers





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The first feature-length work by acclaimed experimental filmmaker Jacqueline Goss, The Observers is a haunting, minimalist landscape film, in which the land and sky of Mt. Washington, New Hampshire form a varying frame for two climatologists as they go about the solitary and steadfast work of measuring and recording the weather. Shot over the course of a year on 16mm film, The Observers is based on the actual work of the Mount Washington Weather Observatory - one of the oldest weather stations in North America, where staff members have taken hourly readings of the wind speed, barometric pressure, and temperature since 1932. In Goss's film, the ever-present, relentless wind becomes something of an existential force in the lives of the two climatologist protagonists, and a unifying feature of the film itself. -- (C) Official Sitemore
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Genre: Drama
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This is no documentary. It feels like a meditation about solitude and the extremes of nature, and perhaps a lament of sorts.

Full Review… | May 9, 2012
New York Times
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There are moments when the tedium loosens you to melt into the landscape, and you swear you can hear the moss on the rocks start talking.

Full Review… | May 8, 2012
Village Voice
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The Observers creates a haunting sense of people engaged in an otherworldly duty-huddled over incomprehensible charts and dials, they seem like they're busy maintaining the clockwork mechanism of the world itself.

Full Review… | May 8, 2012
Time Out
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A semi-documentary essay of two female climatologists at work in a mountaintop weather station imbues nature and labor with a poetry of the seemingly eternal.

Full Review… | May 8, 2012
Slant Magazine

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