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Watermark Reviews

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Super Reviewer
September 3, 2013
A film of images can often be not compelling but this film is striking in its portrayal of man's constant pressure on the watershed. It is an ongoing chronicle of an inevitable disaster.
May 28, 2014
I had the opportunity to take in this work with a question and answer session by one of the directorsJennifer Baichwal. The cinematography was beautiful, despite the frequent , disturbing imagery. I went in expecting to receive a lot of information. Instead, it was more of a human impact piece. Educational, heartwrenching, beautiful, ugly and well rendered. Many of the beautiful segments might be taken for granted by the viewer, but came only as the result of ingenuity or human peril.
July 7, 2015
Water connects all life and all humanity. That is the message of this beautiful documentary shot extensively all over the world. Without attempting a central narrative or plot, Watermark highlights the importance of water to human civilization and how this fragile resource should be managed in a sustainable way.
Super Reviewer
September 3, 2013
A film of images can often be not compelling but this film is striking in its portrayal of man's constant pressure on the watershed. It is an ongoing chronicle of an inevitable disaster.
½ April 20, 2014
If the story was only half as good as the footage, I would be OK with it. Instead, there is no story.
½ October 3, 2014
An astounding look at water and humans.
½ August 30, 2014
beautiful visual make the best of the documentary
August 4, 2014
the most valued thing in the world.
½ August 2, 2014
Some gorgeous imagery in the documentary highlighting the relationship between humanity and water. Some great food for thought. Check it out.
½ July 11, 2014
Visually spectacular in every way film should essentially be. If every documentary was this well shot every documentary would be at least a near masterpiece. You might think a film about water would be dull. You might think that, but you'd be very incorrect. This is simply an excellent documentary.
July 3, 2014
Boring, took the idea of a picture is worth a thousand words to far. No overarching narration, not over arching theme. You will not learn much of anything,
May 28, 2014
I had the opportunity to take in this work with a question and answer session by one of the directorsJennifer Baichwal. The cinematography was beautiful, despite the frequent , disturbing imagery. I went in expecting to receive a lot of information. Instead, it was more of a human impact piece. Educational, heartwrenching, beautiful, ugly and well rendered. Many of the beautiful segments might be taken for granted by the viewer, but came only as the result of ingenuity or human peril.
½ March 2, 2014
Afortunado de ver este documental antes de su premier mundial sobre un elemento vital como es el agua.
Si bien las conclusiones las puede deducir el espectador al terminar el filme, faltaron argumentos criticos sobre el manejo de tal recurso. Quedé con la amarga sensación de que lo que primaba la estética por sobre la ética (implicita en la mercantilización del vital recurso).
Los afortunados serán aquellos que vean el documental en todo su esplendor, en HD y en gran formato, sin estas condiciones el elemento estético se debilita quedando sostenido sólo por la (escasa) narrativa (crítica).
Visualmente es un logro, lastima que no tenga estreno comercial en Chile. Habrá que esperar el lanzamiento en BD.
Aún así no deja de maravillar la cinematografía y obviamente su fotografía.


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February 23, 2014
Disjointed, wandering around without focus
January 26, 2014
Rogers Best Canadian Film Award Finalists
January 12, 2014
Impressive photography showing the many ways we exploit and enjoy water on earth. Felt more cinematic than documentarian, which may have been the intention...
December 25, 2013
As with Manufactured Landscapes, the previous collaboration between Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky, Watermark is worth seeing just for the images that they manage to produce. The two's visual sensibility is impeccable and the images themselves raise the ever fascinating conundrum of the beautiful and the horrific all rolled into one. The images of water and the effect that humans have on it are spectacular, but ultimately unsettling at best, and disturbing at worst. Unfortunately there is something in the construction of the film that leaves it hovering in between. While the filmmakers are clearly trying to prevent straight facts, which is admirable, it leaves the film without a clear direction. Even though the majority of the images show the destruction we're wreaking on the planet's most valuable resource, there is no feeling of urgency to the film, no sense of a call to action. This makes Watermark a gorgeous diversion that feels like it has more to say, but doesn't quite know how to frame it.
½ November 24, 2013
Another doc showing the destructive force of humans on earth. But, there are close to 8 billion of us, so what are we supposed to do?
October 14, 2013
very good visuals, informative
½ October 18, 2013
Beautiful showcase of inventive cinematography.
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