The End Of Time

2013

The End Of Time (2013)

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"Recalling the work of Terrence Malick, Werner Herzog and the late Chris Marker" (Hollywood Reporter), Peter Mettler's enthralling new film combines elements of documentary, essay, and experimental cinema to create a tour de force that challenges our conception of time - and perhaps the very fabric of our existence. With stunning cinematography and a knack for capturing astonishing moments, The End of Time travels the planet - from the CERN particle accelerator outside Geneva to the lava flows of Hawaii; from a disintegrating Detroit where Henry Ford built his first factory to the tree where Buddha was enlightened. Both mind-expanding and eerily familiar, Mettler's provocative film explores the links between renewal and destruction, between primordial mysticism and the furthest reaches of modern science, giving the viewer a transcendent cinematic experience.(c) First Run Features

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Critic Reviews for The End Of Time

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

It's easy to mock some of these platitudes, and it's to Mr. Mettler's credit that he never does. His questions are answered with more questions, because words seem ultimately useless in his query.

Nov 28, 2013 | Full Review…

It leaves you without the net of linear temporality, frightened and freed by the implications.

Nov 26, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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"We all see our own unique rainbows," he reflects, with an absence of irony that in its own way is sort of endearing. The film goes on like this, glacially, for two hours.

Nov 26, 2013 | Full Review…

Funny how a film that explodes our conventional notions about time should be so up-to-date with the news.

Dec 11, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

At the end of these many and varied travels, we arrive at a film that is Mettler's most readily engaging since Picture of Light...

Sep 27, 2017 | Full Review…

[I]t's about a series of seemingly disconnected topics linked by an abstract idea, and by a certain exploratory spirit.

Feb 6, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The End Of Time

½

Documentarian Peter Mettler interviews various people (scientists, artists, hermits, mystics) about their thoughts on time, using poetic footage of lava flows, particle accelerators, and digital mandalas as a visual background. A meditative but unfocused experiment that at times gets a little too hippie-dippy-acid-trippy for its own good. At two hours of plotless visuals, it's obviously not for everyone, but it earns points for earnestly exploring serious philosophical concepts that most movies shy away from.

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