Ice People (2008)
Average Rating: 6.4/10
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Average Rating: 6/10
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While the mainstream world rolls on indefinitely, a small group of researchers traverses the snow-capped region around the South Pole for months at a time. Working in constant sunlight yet subthermal conditions, these collegiate scientists (the "Ice People" of the title) search aggressively for lingering geological traces of an ancient world now obscured by thick layers of ice. Thus begins Anne Aghion's deliberate, observational documentary, which carries the audience on a day-to-day journey
Apr 26, 2008 Wide
Nov 10, 2009
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The film's hesitation, lack of rhetorical inflation and commitment to humble observation generate a tough poetry. Ice People sticks in the mind.
With its lack of narration and subjective distance, the film is a uniquely meditative, psychological portrait of individuals who approach scientific exploration with the passion and fervor of artists.
Immersive, mesmerizing work.
In this painstaking, body-numbing work, finding one perfect leaf fossil is a palpable thrill.
The director, Anne Aghion, likes to fill the screen with the kinds of lonely landscapes that David Lean once used to suggest another kind of desert.
Small moments of beauty -- a helicopter landing in a self-created snowstorm -- don't compensate for the overall dullness.
An intriguing, focused and often captivating documentary filled with stunningly beautiful cinematography of the Antarctic landscape.
Global warming is the subtext, I suppose, but Anne Aghion's film is really about the gritty, quotidian nature of science.
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