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  • Summary: In a remote wintry forest, a hunter discovers the mummified corpse of a 40-year-old man. A diary is found near the body, detailing the man’s everyday thoughts as he commits suicide through self-imposed starvation. Based on an incredible true story, and adapted from the novella “Until I am a Mummy“ by Shimada Masahiko, Peter Liecthi’s THE SOUND OF INSECTS is a stunning investigation into the mystery of the man’s enigmatic self-destructive motivations. Taking on his point-of-view, the film presents the notebook entries as stream-of-consciousness musings on the world around him as his body dissipates, an attempt to piece together the causes of his disillusionment. With luminous cinematography of the vaulting trees that surround his tented tomb, and of hallucinated memories of the cities and people he left behind, THE SOUND OF INSECTS is a hypnotic and transcendent meditation on how the renunciation of life paradoxically reveals its beauty.(Lorber Films) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Dec 23, 2010
    50
    Without additional context surrounding its subject's life, sharing the man's final excruciating moments eventually devolves into an exercise in morbidity, an experience considerably more ponderous than profound.
  2. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Dec 22, 2010
    40
    Mr. Liechti clearly finds value and even a measure of spiritual grace in this man's radical renunciation of life. You'll be pardoned for finding it numbing.
  3. Reviewed by: John P. McCarthy
    Dec 24, 2010
    40
    The profundity to tedium ratio is around 1 to 3. Not bad for a micro-release slated to screen seven times in a museum (NY's Rubin Museum of Art) but it's a film more interesting in theory than reality.
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  1. Jan 30, 2011
    7
    Saw The sound of insects in Cannes 2009. This film is a introspective mockumentary based loosely on a true story. It is a work of art more than a movie in a linear, traditional sense. Its plot is morality, decision making and the passing of time. Must watch if you enjoy stepping out + watching far from the mainstream. @cinemaquote Expand