Vivan las Antipodas! (2013)




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What would be the shortest route between Entre Ros in Argentina and the Chinese metropolis Shanghai? Simply a straight line through the center of the earth, since the two places are antipodes: they are located diametrically opposite to each other on the earth's surface. During his visits to four such antipodal pairs, the award-winning documentary filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky captured images that turn our view of the world upside down. A beautiful, peaceful sunset in Entre Ros is contrasted with the bustling streets in rainy Shanghai. People who live in a wasteland are connected to people dwelling next to a volcano. Landscapes whose splendor touches the soul are juxtaposed with the clamor of a vast city. These antipodes seem mythically connected, somehow united by their oppositeness. Kossakovsky's movie is a feast for the senses, a fascinating kaleidoscope of our planet. Vivan Las Antipodas! - Long Live The Antipodes! (c) Cinedigm
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Critic Reviews for Vivan las Antipodas!

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

Unlike, say, similar globetrotting, image-led works like Koyaanisqatsi or Baraka, Kossakovsky's film is never preachy, allowing the visuals to percolate.

Full Review… | November 18, 2013
Time Out
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You emerge wondering what (and who) might lie beneath your own feet.

Full Review… | November 21, 2013

Lovely stuff.

Full Review… | November 19, 2013
Total Film

Perhaps a documentary to be more admired than loved.

Full Review… | November 5, 2013
The List

A living sculpture of sky, water, landscapes, and the tiny figures (humans and other animals) that inhabit them.

Full Review… | July 11, 2013
Movie Metropolis

Vivan las Antipodas! is never dull, thanks to Kossakovsky's constant inventiveness, always offering fresh perspectives, either through the physical angle of shooting or through the interesting juxtaposition of life on either side of the planet.

Full Review… | July 3, 2012
Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for Vivan las Antipodas!

The director is a bit behind the times; check Smithsonian channel for more current and engaging approaches to similar material. One line summary: Well-shot, but boring. -------------------------------------------- The film has four parts, one for each pair of antipodal points examined. One: Entre Rios, Argentina and Shanghai, China. Argentina alternated between great beauty and straight out boring; Shanghai was both beautifully shot and repellent. Two: Chilean Patagonia and Lake Baikal in Russia Prosaic lives versus prosaic lives; in both cases, set against majestic landscapes almost devoid of human life. Great camera work. Three: Big Island, Hawaii and Kubu, Botswana Both dreadfully ugly. Four: Miraflores, Spain and Castle Point, New Zealand Thank God, there is an end to this. The upside down video has my teeth on edge by this point. More of the same, only less interesting. Sawing up the dead whale was not a plus, nor was the footage of digging a hole and pushing the corpse in. ------Scores------- Cinematography: 10/10 Excellent. Watch this in high definition if at all possible. Sound: 8/10 Sparse, but well done. Acting: z/10 Not applicable. Screenplay: 5/10 The transition from one point to its antipodal point given by sky down ground up was amusing the first time, but immediately lost its charm thereafter. Some of the juxtapositions were amusing, others were just boring.

Ed Collins
Ed Collins

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