Monday, 11 April 2011

What about 'The Detox Film'?

I feel like there needs to sprout a new genre from the film industry. What about 'The Detox Film'? Sometimes things get cluttered, we are involved in a visual battle where we must defend our eyes from the flux of incoming images. Why are most of these images so intruding and aggressively demanding on our sight?

Consider the latest film you have seen; were you truly relaxed at any time during the screening? Its obvious how aggressively films are edited to capture and hold our attention; the speed at which images are flung at us makes me amaze at the actual capacity we are able to handle while still remaining sane. Either its amazing or it's shocking. Nevertheless it is evident how arresting this realization is - this constant flux of imagery has our eyes under its control.

'So can we take the control back?' we might wonder. Hence my suggestion of a detox film. One such film I would say belongs to this unestablished genre is the both visually, physically and spiritually relaxing documentary Into Great Silence, directed by Philip Groning, that was first released in 2005. It is an intimate portrayal of the everyday lives of Carthusian monks of the Grand Chartreuse , high in the French Alps (Chartreuse Mountains). The film solely consists of images and sounds of the rhythm of monastic life. There's neither commentary nor sound effects added. In my opinion this is a truly detoxifying film - note: don't expect any fast pacing action.

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