Vivan las Antipodas! (2013)
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Unlike, say, similar globetrotting, image-led works like Koyaanisqatsi or Baraka, Kossakovsky's film is never preachy, allowing the visuals to percolate.
You emerge wondering what (and who) might lie beneath your own feet.
Audience Reviews for Vivan las Antipodas!
The director is a bit behind the times; check Smithsonian channel for more current and engaging approaches to similar material.
One line summary: Well-shot, but boring.
The film has four parts, one for each pair of antipodal points examined.
One: Entre Rios, Argentina and Shanghai, China.
Argentina alternated between great beauty and straight out boring; Shanghai was both beautifully shot and repellent.
Two: Chilean Patagonia and Lake Baikal in Russia
Prosaic lives versus prosaic lives; in both cases, set against majestic landscapes almost devoid of human life. Great camera work.
Three: Big Island, Hawaii and Kubu, Botswana
Both dreadfully ugly.
Four: Miraflores, Spain and Castle Point, New Zealand
Thank God, there is an end to this. The upside down video has my teeth on edge by this point. More of the same, only less interesting. Sawing up the dead whale was not a plus, nor was the footage of digging a hole and pushing the corpse in.
Cinematography: 10/10 Excellent. Watch this in high definition if at all possible.
Sound: 8/10 Sparse, but well done.
Acting: z/10 Not applicable.
Screenplay: 5/10 The transition from one point to its antipodal point given by sky down ground up was amusing the first time, but immediately lost its charm thereafter. Some of the juxtapositions were amusing, others were just boring.
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