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Antarctica: Ice & Sky (La glace et le ciel) (2017)

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From Oscar (R)-winning director Luc Jacquet (March of the Penguins) comes a stirring portrait of French glaciologist Claude Lorius whose groundbreaking research in Antarctica gave us the first clear evidence of man-made global climate change. Lorius discovered his destiny as a college student when he joined an expedition to Antarctica in 1955; land essentially untouched by scientific experiment. He would go on to participate in twenty-two expeditions during his long career, facing unforgiving conditions and brutal personal challenges that were rewarded with an amazing discovery: using ice cores thousands of meters deep, tiny air bubbles suspended in the ice reveal the composition of the planet's atmosphere over nearly a million years. Through remarkable archival footage and stunning drone cinematography, Antarctica: Ice and Sky is an epic tale where science and adventure meet, equal parts contemplative memoir and an ardent call to action.

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Using archival and recent footage, Jacquet tracks the work of pioneering polar scientist Claude Lorius, a climate change verifier whose astounding discoveries should silence all deniers.

March 10, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A biographical, cinematic corollary of Al Gore's canned Learning Annex lecture, Luc Jacquet's Antarctica condenses 22 polar missions - all told, they consumed ten years of Lorius's life - into one visually breathtaking documentary.

February 16, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Director Luc Jacquet struggles to dredge up the sort of emotion he delivered so easily in his Oscar-winning March of the Penguins (2005).

January 26, 2017 | Full Review…

These scientists whom we see throughout the film are not in it for fame or glory or money. Their research comes at great personal risk to life and limb.

January 20, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

If you can block out that verbal frenzy, though, the last chapters of Antarctica: Ice & Sky are, finally, a compelling narrative (who wouldn't be interested in the idea of "fossil air?") and yet another scientific explanation of global warming.

January 20, 2017 | Full Review…

The text is occasionally poetic and never too technical -- indeed, the film might have benefited from a smidgen more on the science behind glaciology -- and overall very accessible, even for adult audiences with no scientific background whatsoever.

January 20, 2017 | Full Review…

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