On view are aerial shots from far off places – in mind-sweeping vistas, each one as beautiful and inspiring. Glenn Close languidly and hypnotically narrates amidst haunting music from yonder – African chants and drum taps, Rajasthani and Iberian guitar strains all come together to render a dirge and a lullaby to a ravaged earth.
“Home” is a full-length 2-hour documentary from France, on limited screening at the current 14th French Film Festival running from 5th to 14th of June, 2009 at the Shangri-La Mall in Mandaluyong City. It will screen again on June 10 – this Wednesday – at 3 PM. Free admission as long as you get there 2 hours early for your complementary ticket for each screening.
The last time I was swept off my feet from a film’s stark images was with Tarsem Singh’s “The Fall” (same director of Jennifer Lopez’s “The Cell”) which was similarly filmed in exotic locales all over the world, but Tarsem’s narrative exposition was a bit too recondite and superfluous – too “out-there” – that it robs off its audience’s empathy. “Home” on the other hand pulls you somewhere intimate and leaves you in a trance with equal elements of guilt, regret, fascination and incredulity – like those amazingly beautiful salt bed formations of the Dead Sea – how anything can be so bewitchingly beautiful but sterile!
Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” was didactic and informative, but "Home" is the former's perfect companion piece which hits you at the core. It is an eye candy that packs a lot of wallop – it hits you like a billion bolts of lightning.
DO yourself a favor. Miss those other dinner dates, re-schedule your itinerary, and see the world through the eyes of director Yann Arthus-Bertrand and producer Luc Besson – and see this beautiful, albeit struggling earth; I promise - you have never seen your home this beautiful.
This is the Eye in the Sky.