Encounters At The End Of The World

Encounters At The End Of The WorldBBB.5

(out of 5)

Werner Herzog explores the south pole but promises us that he has not gone there to make another movie about penguins…though it can’t be helped, and eventually he does display them at some point in this absorbing documentary. He also captures the daily life of scientists studying the climate (and climate change), animal and plant life in an effort to better understand our planet and ourselves (and whether or not we can lose weight, in one particular case). There are gorgeous shots of underwater swimming, wonderfully entertaining clips with sea lions and the aforementioned tuxedo birds, and lots of great looks at the effect of the isolation and weather of the south pole on its inhabitants, both human and animal. Herzog loves making films about people on the fringe, and is just as attracted to factual explorations of their lives as he is in his fascinating fictional films.

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USA, 2007

Directed by

Screenplay by Werner Herzog

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by Henry Kaiser,

Production Design by ,

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2007

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Academy Award Nomination
Best Documentary (Feature) (Werner Herzog, Henry Kaiser)

National Society of Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Non-Fiction Film

National Board Of Review Award
Top Five Documentaries

Independent Spirit Award Nomination
Best Documentary



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