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What do you think is happening on the exact opposite side of the globe right now....?
Docurama / 108 Minutes / 2011 / Unrated / Street Date: June 4, 2013
It’s a philosophical and existential trip, man, to realize that where you’re sitting or standing right now, there is an opposite location somewhere on the globe. According to Google Maps, if a line were to go straight though the soles of my feet through the globe, it’d end up somewhere in the Indian Ocean (beautiful, perhaps, but not that dynamic). Trippy…
In any case, this premise provides the thematic backbone to Victor Kossakovsky’s documentary Vivan las Antipodas!, a movie that focuses on terrestrial locations on this pretty little planet of ours that have land-based opposites to them. Hawai’i/Botswana, China/Argentina – Kossakovsky and his team take snapshots of these locations and compare and contrast their various natures in oblique and impressionistic fashions.
Vivan las Antipodas! is perhaps more navel-gazing than it should be – let’s just say that it tends to wander – but its underlying premise keeps things interesting, at least for viewers receptive enough to its aesthetic aims. This is the kind of documentary that is more interested in bringing up questions than it is in providing contextual analysis, so while Antipodas! feels maybe transitory and elusive, it’s nevertheless the sort of movie that doesn’t come along very often.