The Raft

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In the summer of 1973, five men and six women embarked on a 101-day scientific sea-adventure, drafting on a small raft named "Acali" across the Atlantic. In a experiment initiated by Mexican anthropologist Santiago Genovés, the group set out to explore the origins of violence and the dynamics of sexual attraction. The eleven members of the crew were handpicked from around the world with the aim of mixing religion, gender and nationality to maximize friction on board. Genovés called the expedition a ' Peace Project' but it did not take long for the international press to rename it 'The Sex Raft', a nickname which still upsets some members of the crew. As leader of the experiment, Genovés had hoped to be able to report on his human guinea pigs, telling tales of orgies and violent conflicts, but it seems that the outcome was very different. Instead go fighting or having sex, the group slowly turned against him. Mutiny was discussed and at one point there was even a plan to kill him. Today, more than forty years later, the surviving members of 'The Acali Expedition' reunite in a film studio in Stockholm, board a reconstruction of the raft and tell the hidden story behind what has been described as 'one of the strangest group experiments of all time.'


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  • Yet the crushing disappointment of the film (which matches archive footage with contemporary reflections) is that nothing really happens.

    Jan 18, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • It is an interesting story, and yet the film doesn't quite summon up the atmosphere of the raft. It doesn't fully plunge you into that strange milieu, nor does it quite analyse exactly what was going on.

    Jan 17, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Marcus Lindeen has the participants of a radical social experiment re-enact moments from their experience, bringing forth some moving confessions.

    Dec 31, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Fascinating.

    Jul 27, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The surprisingly short leap from radical academic study to lurid exploitation is navigated with wit, sensitivity and rueful social awareness in Swedish director Marcus Lindeen's gripping debut feature "The Raft."

    Mar 26, 2018 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

    Top Critic
  • Lindeen had an exact replica of the raft constructed on a soundstage, and this gives the survivors an appropriately theatrical setting to conjure their experience of this real-life Big Brother scenario.

    Apr 18, 2019 | Full Review…

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