February 28, 2018No Comments

Picture of Light – Peter Mettler – 1994

Peter Mettler is something we need more of. Here, he accompanies a trek to the Canadian Arctic, bound to film the aurora borealis. But, as with most his films, the exploration soon turns inwards. A whirlwind of juxtapositions begins, overlapping things ranging from frost bites, the hunter’s lust to kill, a NASA launch, and of course, his favourite, the nature of reality.

January 4, 2018No Comments

Gambling, Gods and LSD – Peter Mettler – 2002

Well into the first our of this 3 hour trip, a hunt of images and their hidden meaning through the Nevada desert, Las Vegas, Canada, Switzerland and India, director Peter Mettler says something along the lines of: “at this point I started to understand what this film was all about”. We feel the same, as at some point in the film, we overlap Mettler’s often enigmatic imagery to some of our own subconscious ripples and some sort of unclear meaning appears. Less majestic and more personal than his 2012 The End of TimeGambling, Gods and LSD feels the work of a filmmaker with no debts to pay.

January 1, 2018No Comments

The End of Time – Peter Mettler – 2012

The End of Time  is the accidental perfect watch for this 1st day of 2018. I feel hypnotised and dazed. It went berserk on my senses, especially after a strong New Year’s hangover. I felt it fits in a niche of cinematic poetry and “ecstatic truth”, one left unvisited by Herzog. (because of his testosterone, belonging to a different cultural time, or just different way of asking questions) The Herzog vein is strong with this one, nevertheless

“In the beginning there were no names.” Clouds roll over hills. It feels as a sequel to Fata Morgana. The subject is time. The questions are painted rather then asked. The interviewees are most often heard and overlapped. We visit CERN and watch perpendicular shots of its round shaped accelerator. Later these are overlapped to mandalas, a simple trick which knocked me over.

“That is the meaning of time for me, it’s the meaning that we are” says a scientist.

“In many languages time and weather is the same word” says another.

We visit the lone inhabitant of a house trapped in the middle of a lava, again an echo of Herzog’s La Soufriere

We stroll through Detroit’s abandoned neighbourhoods.

We go to a funeral in India.

Somebody says that “everything we touch is based on the previous death of beings”.

“We are the univers looking at itself” says a scientist from the observatory in Hawai. 

Long takes of everyday random things posses after Mettler’s editing an immense mysterious quality. 5 stars.

P.S. Tool fans, you’ll love this.

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