Two Years at Sea

Movies, Documentary
5 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars
Much online debate has arisen around the optimal screening conditions for this extraordinary new feature from British film artist, Ben Rivers. Photographed with old Bolex cameras and using artificially scuzzed monochrome 16mm film, when it premiered at the Venice Film Festival it was shown off of a digital print and many took understandable umbrage: the visual grain and the texture of the film are as much what it’s about as its enigmatic subject, a bearded hermit living in the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands. Like Henry David Thoreau’s ‘Walden’, Rivers’s film is about the philosophical imperatives that come with a lonely existence on the outer fringes of society. But this is much more than a simple portrait of outsider eccentricity, as it also offers that rare thing in cinema: a vision of true happiness.

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