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Ice People

Ice People (2008)

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Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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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

Unrated,

Documentary, Special Interest

Anne Aghion

Nov 10, 2009

Milestone Films

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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (1)

The film's hesitation, lack of rhetorical inflation and commitment to humble observation generate a tough poetry. Ice People sticks in the mind.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Immersive, mesmerizing work.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
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In this painstaking, body-numbing work, finding one perfect leaf fossil is a palpable thrill.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Small moments of beauty -- a helicopter landing in a self-created snowstorm -- don't compensate for the overall dullness.

April 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The payoff is relative and internal.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

An intriguing, focused and often captivating documentary filled with stunningly beautiful cinematography of the Antarctic landscape.

April 30, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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Global warming is the subtext, I suppose, but Anne Aghion's film is really about the gritty, quotidian nature of science.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Seattle Weekly
Seattle Weekly

In Ice People, director Anne Aghion locates the banal amidst the beautiful solitude of the Antarctic landscape and finds the beauty that emerges between the banality of the routine tasks of the polar explorers who work there.

April 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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