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Heavy Water: A Film for Chernobyl


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  • Actors: Phil Grabsky
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Microcinema International
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2006
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004M8M6KS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #644,253 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This film by David Bickerstaff and Phil Grabsky uses Mario Petruccis award-winning poem Heavy Water, to tell the story of the Chernobyl nuclear explosion and its catastrophic aftermath.

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By matthew Guilfoyle on December 23, 2008
Format: DVD
This film is not what you think. It is not a documentary at all and does not tell a story despite its description. It is a piece of art, written mostly for the self-indulgence of the artist. It is disjointed; I learned nothing new and much of it was difficult to understand as some background poems and songs were spoken or sung in either Russian or Ukranian without translation. It is best described as poetry with some corresponding images, but not story telling. I was hoping for a second "Chernobyl Heart" and this is a far cry.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CAG_1337 on August 12, 2012
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As close to being a pretentious "Art House" film as one can get. Nothing in this makes it worth seeing as a documentary about Chernobyl. There is no substantial information in this film about the disaster or people involved. The narration is done by various voice-over actors, and they overdo it by several orders of magnitude. On the plus side, the cinematography and editing show an extraordinarily high degree of skill and expertise throughout, but sadly it isn't enough to carry this documentary. Watch "The Battle of Chernobyl" instead.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David E. Reynolds on April 6, 2013
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I didn't make it fifteen minutes into this video before realizing that it is not a documentary about Chernobyl. It's a film project made by someone who thinks that awkward poetry read to the pace of clips and pictures is some kind of art.

Not useful for knowledge or art.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Antipholous S on October 7, 2010
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This film is reminiscent of Night and Fog, a short documentary about the holocaust. Although its questions are not as directly stated as Night and Fog, the imagery, the poetry, and the sounds of this film combine to make what is the most immersive and emotionally engaging film addressing the disaster of Chernobyl.The indictments of this film are subtle but extremely powerful. What I found to be most impressive about the film is the film makers ability to capture the tranquility and the horror of Chernobyl coexisting. In a way, the film maker illustrates the invisibility of the entire event through the sincerity of his craft.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alicia on March 3, 2013
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It was not what I expected. Some parts were interesting but for the most part it didn't give to much info. It was only poetry and pictures of current. I wanted to hear more of what and how it happend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bishmaya on January 16, 2013
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This has a very rough amount of information and is very abstract, only occasionally making any sense at all. Could have been done much better, turn off the sound and watch probably glean a lot more. A waste of time as it is.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Katrina Crossman on August 29, 2012
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If you can watch it for free then give it a shot but do not pay for this. Worst film I have ever watched concerning Chernobyl.
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