The Two Sights

A film by Joshua Bonnetta. Soon at the fsk.

[Credits] [Termine] [Trailer]

The clo­sing tit­les say The Two Sights was “collec­ted” on various islands of the Outer Hebrides from 2017–19, but what does the film gather? There are the images, cap­tu­red on 16mm, which sur­vey all this ravis­hing land­s­cape con­tains, taking in its rocky cliffs, beaches and plains, aligh­t­ing on its flo­ra and fau­na and the houses and ships sprinkled over it, picking out cur­r­ents, reflec­tions and shifts in light. Then the­re are the sounds, recor­ded with the mic visi­ble in the first shots, kee­ning birds, the roa­ring wind, the cra­shing, gurg­ling, trick­ling of the water. In voice­over, a who­le antho­lo­gy of tales can be heard, nar­ra­ted in both English and Gaelic, sto­ries of dog ske­le­tons, drow­ned vil­la­ges, and fami­ly mem­bers pas­sing away, alt­hough songs, silence and the ship­ping fore­cast are just as at home the­re. But like any gre­at collec­tion, it’s not about the indi­vi­du­al ele­ments, but how they over­lap, about how the crow han­ging on bar­bed wire con­ju­res up ano­t­her sto­ry never told, about how the ripp­les seem to rever­be­ra­te along with the woman’s har­mo­nies, about how each anec­do­te floats over the rus­hing air. Sight by eye, sight by ear, two sights that ripp­le and flow together.


CA, UK 2020, 90 Min., gälisch, eng­li­sche OmU
Regie, Buch, Kamera, Ton, Schnitt, Musik, Sound Design: Joshua Bonnetta


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