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  • Summary: The Observers is based on the actual work of the crew of the Mount Washington Weather Observatory -- one of the oldest weather stations in the world where staff members have taken hourly readings of the wind speed and temperature since 1932. In 1934, the staff recorded a wind speed of 231 mph --the highest wind speed ever recorded by a human being. (Jacqueline Gross Films) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    May 8, 2012
    80
    By paring down to the bare processes of the pair's work, The Observers creates a haunting sense of people engaged in an otherworldly duty-huddled over incomprehensible charts and dials, they seem like they're busy maintaining the clockwork mechanism of the world itself.
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Weber
    May 8, 2012
    75
    Goss's film carries its unique forms of narrative suspense, but her 16mm images imbue both the forbidding landscape and her characters' scientific aerie, though the observatory only dates from 1932, with a poetry of the seemingly eternal.
  3. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    May 10, 2012
    70
    Solitude is a character, so much so that, 25 minutes in, when the first human voice is heard, it feels like an intrusion. And when the weather warms enough for tourists to make the trek up to the observatory, they register not as a welcome relief from loneliness but as annoyances.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    May 8, 2012
    40
    There are moments when the tedium loosens you to melt into the landscape, and you swear you can hear the moss on the rocks start talking.