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"Waterlife" is a documentary about the state of the Great Lakes that follows the flow of the lakes' water from the Nipigon River to the Atlantic Ocean. Using both documentary actuality and computer imaging, "Waterlife" begins at the primeval forests of Superior's north coast, stops at the baroque fountains of Chicago on Lake Michigan, continues to the rain-swept streets of Detroit and beyond, all the while examining how the greatest body of fresh water on Earth transforms the societies it passes through and is transformed by them. The film's goal is to take viewers on a tour of an incredibly beautiful ecosystem that is facing complex challenges. Beyond that, "Waterlife" wants to bring viewers a visceral understanding of the element that is so integral to all of our lives.


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  • The veteran Canuck documentarian tours the five lakes -- Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario -- and reflects upon a sad litany of abuses that man and nature have inflicted upon this fragile fluidity.

    Jun 10, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This threat shouldn't require any overselling, but McMahon can't resist and you seriously wish the script had gone through another level of filtration to take out more of the lumpy bits (and the excess of musical selections).

    Jun 5, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • An informative no-nonsense educational nature film about the future state of the deteriorating Great Lakes.

    Oct 22, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Waterlife has a lot to say about the importance of the fresh water supplied by the Great Lakes, but the film doesn't neglect to show the extraordinary beauty of these bodies of water.

    Jun 5, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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