Three Miles North of Molkom (2007)
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Each July, various followers of New Age thinking from around the globe searching for new levels of enlightenment congregate in a forest in Sweden for the annual No Mind Festival, and filmmakers Corinna Villari-McFarlane and Robert Cannan paid a visit to the festival with a camera crew in tow. Three Miles North of Molkom is a documentary that examines the event as it's seen by a handful of participants. Ljus is an aging flower child from the United States who is still chasing the freedom of the hippie dream. Regina is a musician who is attending with her friend Marit, and they find they've unwittingly becomes the festival's sex symbols. Peter is a husband and father who seem convinced his wife at home needs a new way of living even more than he does. Despite his name, Siddhartha works in a Swedish shipyard and seems the very model of an old salt. Mervi used to work as a career advisor but now she's trying to find a better direction for her own life. And Nick is a footballer from Australia who seems highly skeptical of the mystical and metaphysical chatter all around him, though by the end of the festival he seems to be warming a bit to the advise he's been given. As these seven seekers walk on hot coals, join a massive "sharing circle," contact their primal spirits and contemplate tantric eroticism, they seem alternately puzzled and intrigued by the grab-bag of philosophies being offered at every turn. Three Miles North of Molkom was screened in competition at the 2008 Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto. … More
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Critic Reviews for Three Miles North of Molkom
Full of laughter, weirdness and raw emotion, it's a documentary that provides a real experience.
It's impossible to overstate just how intimate Three Miles North of Molkom is. Though often hilarious, it is also difficult, at times excruciating, to watch.
The enjoyably sarky tone conceals a sympathetic and frequently very funny documentary.
Goofy, amiable and often quite bizarre, this documentary from British producer-directors Robert Cannan and Corinna McFarlane is a little gem: it is effortlessly entertaining, and boasts what has to be the year's most extraordinary scene in factual cinema.
Three Miles North of Molkom proves truth is stranger than even fiction the Great Dane can dream up.
Funny, but ruinously snarky, the film, like its subjects, seems to be seeking something it never quite finds. In this case, a story.
Much is learnt about the characters, but it really needs a journalistic presence, a Ronson or Theroux asking questions and trying to get these people to explain themselves, rather than just filming them yammering New Age speak.
One of the funniest, most enjoyable documentaries we've seen in many a year.
This sharp-eyed documentary captures every aspect of the No Mind experience from the sublime to the utterly ridiculous.
Amusing but overlong documentary about the No Mind festival deep in the lakeside woods of Sweden.
It wears out its welcome before the end and the central journey is both unconvincing and vaguely unsatisfying.
This is a film that's open-minded about the benefits of such places as life experiences, if not necessarily life-changing ones.
The film, deftly photographed by Joseph Russell and Mike Hill, and making exemplary use of site-specific sound, is gorgeous to look at and to listen to.
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