Film is an audiovisual medium, but sometimes its images and sounds appeal to more than only our eyes and ears. Some images, and some filmmakers, have found ways of activating our sense of touch. One such filmmaker is Terrence Malick. His images are haptic: they seem to turn our eyes into fingers and thus generate a tactile experience of the visuals.
Here, Chiara Berrevoets focuses on this quality of Malick's movies. This video essay is an evocative montage that feels its way through his filmography. Berrevoets touches upon several aspects of the haptic image and mentions the various technical ways in which this effect can be achieved. But ultimately, she aims to get to the essence of these haptic visuals in a way that is much more, well, Malick-like. She uses Malick's own stylistic penchants in her essayistic examination of his movies. Her poetic voice over is suggestive rather than descriptive, blending personal experience with objective observation. The stream-of-consciousness quality of the editing echoes Malick's own: each image hands over the reins to the next in a chain of visual echoes.
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