Two Years at Sea

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  • Summary: Using old 16mm cameras, artist Ben Rivers creates work from stories of real people, often those who have disconnected from the normal world and taken themselves into wilderness territories. Two Years at Sea extends Ben's relationship with Jake, a man first encountered in his short film ThisUsing old 16mm cameras, artist Ben Rivers creates work from stories of real people, often those who have disconnected from the normal world and taken themselves into wilderness territories. Two Years at Sea extends Ben's relationship with Jake, a man first encountered in his short film This Is My Land. He lives alone in a ramshackle house, in the middle of the forest. It's full of stuff that might come in useful someday. Jake has a tremendous sense of purpose as he works around the house and surrounding forest and moorland. Rivers' witty and gracefully-constructed film creates an intimate connection with an individual who might otherwise be hard to get to know if we met him face-to-face. (Soda Pictures) Expand

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  1. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Oct 8, 2012
    80
    What a strange and intriguing film.
  2. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Oct 16, 2012
    80
    The imagery has all the solemn ravishment of Béla Tarr's similarly darkening "The Turin Horse" with none of the epochal portentousness, while Rivers's work owes more to Billy Bitzer than most gallery art contemporaries.
  3. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Oct 9, 2012
    80
    Mileage will vary from viewer to viewer as to whether this singularly eccentric movie is ultimately illuminating or enervating.
  4. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Oct 12, 2012
    80
    The result is haunting.
  5. Reviewed by: Tomas Hachard
    Oct 8, 2012
    75
    The stillness and silence with which we look upon Jake Williams ranges from curious to unnerving to fascinating.
  6. Reviewed by: Simon Kinnear
    Jan 18, 2015
    60
    It’s technically a doc, but neither Rivers nor his inscrutable subject is interested in backstory.

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