Two Years at Sea (Ben Rivers, 2011)

May 29, 2012

The most appealing aspect of video artist Ben Rivers’ debut feature is its intentionally grainy, monochrome 16mm cinematography, providing a dreamy quality to a curiously beautiful visual aesthetic. Two Years at Sea immerses the viewer in the gentle rhythms of the life of hermit Jake Williams, who lives a life of solitude in a remote forest in the north of Scotland. Free of words bar Williams’ occasional mutterings and lyrics in recorded music he plays, the film slowly showcases the man’s activity and creates a unique portrait of a lifestyle of extreme solitude; we follow his daily routines, his chores in his derelict home, his wandering about the local land, his fishing aboard an inflatable raft and even his slow drifting off to sleep…

Full review at Sound on Sight

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