• PG
  • Ron Fricke (1992)
  • US
  • 92 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

Shot on Todd-AO 70mm stock, so that every image positively shimmers, Ron Fricke's heartfelt film is, sadly, a wasted opportunity. The ecological points he makes are blatant and laboured, while his overreliance on snazzy editing and time-lapse photography draws too much attention to technique at the expense of the visual content. The contrasts between urban jungles and the areas of natural beauty they imperil do occasionally strike home, but, while it's easy to look at these often beautiful moving postcards, Fricke presents locations without identifying them, so most viewers will quickly find themselves lost and overwhelmed.

Plot Summary

A montage of documentary footage shot in 24 countries and six continents. Without dialogue or narrative, but accompanied by a score by Michael Stearns, the film juxtaposes images of spirituality and technology, intercut with sequences of natural beauty and death.

Cast and crew


Ron Fricke

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Arrow Films
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 14 Dec 2012
Certificate PG