What is, we can not be certain; what will be, we can never know.
Hal is an everyman, alone on a beach, drifting from routine to aimlessness and back. His
task is plain: decorate the slow, expansive time stretched endlessly before him. Anna, too,
is alone, a carefree child tied - like all of us - to the peculiar and apathetic alchemy of the
"A beautiful, compelling film"
- David D. Williams (Sundance winner)
"TIDE again proves that 35mm photography in high contrast and difficult location situations is still the only way to capture world class cinematic images...images here wash over you with both beauty and a dread that walks hand in hand in both nature and cinema. Well worth a look."
- Rob Tregenza (Cannes Participant)
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And yet, the meaning of this film is perhaps even more elusive and provocative than in Undefined. What is the tide really carrying along in that little boat? Who is the castaway, and what are his intentions toward the young girl? I'd always seen this film as a commentary on an isolating and empty society that finds temporary escape in perverting innocence, but the editorial review included above would seem to contradict much of this, envisioning "Hal" as an everyman. Make what you will of this film. The gorgeous visuals, the provocative audio, the sparse action, and the horrifying conclusion will transform and bewilder, regardless of whatever meaning you apply to the experience.
Though this is not normally my style, I do feel it necessary to comment on the price of this DVD. $12.95 for a 10 minute independent film may strike you as absurd at first. However, when one considers the fact that you can't pick up this film through Netflix or Blockbuster (in fact the only other way to see it is by catching it on the film festival circuit), as well as the extreme weight and artfulness pumped into every second of this film, the price becomes less relevant. This is a film that deserves to be seen, and this is the only way for most of us to see it. Once one realizes this, then deciding to make the purchase is easier and more inevitable than a tide carrying a toy boat to a distant shore.