The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Oudolf mentions in passing that his goal has been to create landscapes "you would dream of, but would never find" in nature, and from what we see in this movie, that's just what he's done.
"Five Seasons" reveals gardens you'd look forward to getting lost in, gardens that brilliantly use the interplay of form and color to do wonderful things to your soul.
Like Oudolf, the filmmaker sees the plants first, always, without denying the people or the other built environments around them.
Though it's not entirely satisfying, Piper's film is a welcome reminder of the power of seeing directly, rather than through the mediating layer of our ever-present screens.
Although it clocks in at just under 75 minutes, Piper's film is unrushed and chock-full of spark and life, much like the gardens Piper spotlights.
Director Thomas Piper, whose credits include another documentary that deals with the High Line and a film about the artist Sol LeWitt, never finds a way to convey the excitement of his subject's innovations.
The film is a series of floral and grassy still-life paintings brought to life by Oudolf's appraising eyes and hands.
It must not be seen as the opposite of the natural. Design and the natural, art and the aleatory, must become one. This is in Tarkovsky's films. This is in Oudolf's gardens.
An enchanting tour led by the world's most famous garden designer and avid plant lover.
The simple but elemental joy of plants and planting suffuses this doc about one of the masters of his métier.
Beautiful images, but increasingly tedious and lethargic. It ultimately fails to find the right balance between entertaining the audience and provoking them emotionally as well as intellectually,
Appropriately unhurried... Oudolf is giving us new ways to see.
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