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Arcadia is a frequently fascinating, often unsettling look at traditions and places that can often feel like they are vanishing before our eyes.
After a gentle introduction which could almost begin any straightforward look at the subject, things begin to get a little weird.
It makes for pretty tedious watching, though the harsher side of our treatment of animals and an eerie score from Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp) give it an edge.
While it's charged and witty, its messages are all over the place.
There's a maudlin tone here and a tragic sense of loss...that makes it ineffably compelling.
Arcadia layers its tumbling images to form a portrait of an idiosyncratic nation that hasn't so much lost its way, but rather fallen out of love with itself.
Where it really scores is in Wright's instinctive, somewhat Lynchian feel for the unexpectedly disturbing quality that seemingly benign images of soil or folk costumes take on when they are slowed down or magnified.
Arcadia is a seductive piece of work. Approach it as you might a rich and strange piece of music.
Arcadia is a kaleidoscopic critical commentary on how swathes of the British countryside have been eroded by increasing urbanization, resulting in despair, alienation, and pockets of spiritual malaise.
Gorgeous fields shimmer; time-lapse plants shoot; naturists gyre and gimbal; pagan rites are hinted at.
You don't need to be English - or even British - to appreciate this brilliantly constructed film.
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