Blue Planet is a mesmerizing look at the world we live in, with long hypnotic takes that capture the everyday wonders around us--the rush of water under melting ice, the mist rising over the mountains of Italy, the distant thrill of an approaching summer storm. Unlike most films that observe the beauty of nature, however, Piavoli includes man in this expansive portrait. Here, the life and work of humankind--the toil of agriculture, the mysteries of sleep, the urgency of passion--take their place among the Earths celebrated wonders. But even as the film affirms the possibility of living in harmony with the world around us, it warns us how easily that balance can be upset, with disastrous consequences. Experimental in form and utopian in spirit, Blue Planet is a film that speaks to our time even more urgently than when it first arrived in theaters 25 years ago.
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