You Are Here (2012)
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An obsessive, self-styled "Archivist" roams the city collecting strange objects and documents. Each of the documents is an artifact from a distinct but parallel world; a map from a corporation whose only purpose is to track the whereabouts of its employees, a video made by a scientist who forgot that he was the subject of his own experiment, an artificial eye that allows people to see a common vision... When these other worlds begin to undermine the stability of her own, she is forced to leave
May 11, 2012 Limited
Moments of insight flare like fireflies and disappear, whether from underfinancing or overambition is unclear.
Overlapping story threads, voices, and imagery result in an atmosphere of disquieting psychological confusion.
Smart, anxious and weirdly funny, the first feature from Toronto video artist Daniel Cockburn connects a series of scenarios that gradually begin to loop into each other.
Meticulously conceived, shot and edited, it's Cockburn's first feature after a string of well-received shorts, and it's quite the calling card.
It all feels as though a dash of the surreal has been woven into moments of banal human experience to see how far reality bends before it snaps.
Some will find the film compelling, but underneath the riddles it's basically a self-important proclamation of "who the hell knows?"
If one definition of an "art film" is that you still have no idea what's going on halfway through, then You Are Here is definitely an art film, so successfully does it defy one's need for things to make sense.
Cockburn is inviting us into his head, to think about the things he never stops thinking about. It's kind of nice in there.
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