Far From the Sea
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(Jul 13, 2009)
Haunted by his abandonment in childhood by his sailor father, Eric Elliott builds a boat to recapture his father's memory. A cowboy in his youth, sustained in his abandonment by a rare vision quest, a sailor, wounded in Vietnam, the building of the boat brings together the scattered pieces of Elliott's life, and in the end he launches the boat on the lake where his father taught him to sail, and finds treasure.
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One cannot go back in time to film the incidents he relates, but one can have an engaging activity onscreen while the stories are told, and that is done well. The individual episodes kept my attention. The visuals were interesting - beautiful countryside, a foal being born, his dog herding a very small flock of sheep and something unexpected. The repeated motif of the boat building and ultimately sailing it where he had been as a child -- all these keep the arc of the story afloat. The instrumental music by Broceliande and Avalon Rising also forms a pleasant and lively audio background.
In the interests of full disclosure, I do appear for a few seconds in this film, in the background -- that is why I happened upon the completed film. I'm glad I did.