Encounters At The End Of The World (2007)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  

USA, 2007.  , , , .  Screenplay by Werner Herzog.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by Henry Kaiser, .  Production Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

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.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Documentary Feature

Toronto International Film Festival:  2007

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