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"A film for passionate thinkers."
This strange experiment in filmed conversation finds three people--a physicist, a poet, a politician--yammering about the environment, science, art, government, and much else, all in an effort either to find or to dispute connections between disparate subjects. There is no story, as such--just lots of chatter (much of it not particularly profound) shot against a variety of picturesque backgrounds. If director Bernt Capra thought this would turn out to be another My Dinner with André, that fantasy falls on its face. --Tom Keogh
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"We have outgrown our perceptions of how the universe works."
A poet, a politician and a physicist meet on Mont St Michel, a small monastery town built on a rock on the shore of northern France, and a profound dialog about the universe, society, science, politics and perception ensues. The movie is based on ideas presented in the book "The Turning Point" by Frijof Capra, an Austrian-born American physicist. He is a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, and is on the faculty of Schumacher College. (from his Amazon . com webpage)
I first saw this film back in the early 1990's, renting it on VHS from the video store. It quickly became one of my Top 10 favorite films and I bought a VHS copy, which I then shared with everyone I knew. I have literally watched this movie more than 200 times and I never get tired of the dialog. It's thought provoking and even now, nearly 20 years later, the film is still contemporary. (I have even been to Mont St Michel in France where this movie was filmed, which was, itself, spectacular).
If you like thought provoking films like "My Dinner With Andre" then you will like this film.
I was moved to purchase this particular DVD because the film has not been released in North America on DVD.I had a pirated copy which I had downloaded about 10 years ago from the internet which was a poor tape transfer,(but better than nothing--this film is that good) but have since lost that disc. This DVD is in NTSC format with the original English dialog and Portuguese subtitles, and is NOT a tape transfer. It is crisp and clear as I might have seen it in a theater...had it played in one near me.
Though I will not generally make an exception on the screen format (and don't think I ever have before), "Mindwalk" is too good and too hard to find to not grab it when the opportunity arises. I will, however, purchase it again should a widescreen version ever be made available. As extraordinary as the dialogue and characters are, the unwritten co-star is undoubtedly the Abbey, Monastery, Village and surroundings at the island of Mont Saint-Michel. Much of which is lost in view and depth of field to this bewildering format.
I watch it at least every month. Reason: the truth it reveals regarding our situation in the universe at the present moment in time! I am grateful it was created and the actors are excellent! A quick afterthought, I LOVE THE SACRED PLACE WHERE IT IS FILMED!