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  • Summary: Award winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, beautifully weave together diverse stories from around the globe that eloquently detail humanity’s relationship with water through the ages: how we are drawn to it, how we use it, and the magnitude of our need for this rapidly depleting resource. Full of soaring aerial perspectives, this film shows water as a terraforming element and the scale of its reach. This is balanced by forays into the particular: a lingering memory of a stolen river, a mysterious figure roaming ancient rice terraces. These images, both beautiful and haunting, create a compelling global portrait that illustrates humanity’s past, present and future relationship with the natural world. [Entertainment One] Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Apr 17, 2014
    90
    If Watermark does nothing else, it will make you question society's contradictory view of water use.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Apr 4, 2014
    90
    Despite the staggering range of material Watermark manages to present — Burtynsky’s five-year undertaking is certainly the most encompassing survey any one artist has ever dedicated to the subject — it’s still just the tip of the metaphorical iceberg.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Apr 17, 2014
    80
    Here's a case of images in the service of important ideas, rather than entertainment, yet they could hardly be more powerful, from roaring torrents released by a dam in China to a lyrical helicopter shot of a glistening river in British Columbia.
  4. Reviewed by: Kenji Fujishima
    Mar 31, 2014
    75
    By keeping explanatory talking-heads interviews to a minimum, the filmmakers put their trust in the audience to draw their own conclusions based on what they present to us.
  5. Reviewed by: Patrick Peters
    Sep 1, 2014
    60
    Beautiful to look at but lacking a strong point.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Apr 2, 2014
    60
    There’s a difference between an exhibition of one photographer’s work and a speedy tour of a museum’s entire photography wing, and Watermark feels more like the latter, despite Burtynsky’s involvement.
  7. Reviewed by: Randy Cordova
    May 1, 2014
    40
    Although the visuals are spectacular — a barren Colorado River looks like a landscape from a science-fiction epic — there's not much else here to grab on.

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