THE END OF TIME (2012, 110 minutes)
A film by Peter Mettler
Working at the limits of what can easily be expressed, filmmaker Peter Mettler takes on the elusive subject of time, and once again turns his camera to filming the unfilmmable.
From the particle accelerator in Switzerland, where scientists seek to probe regions of time we cannot see, to lava flows in Hawaii which have overwhelmed all but one home on the south side of Big Island; from the disintegration of inner city Detroit, to a Hindu funeral rite near the place of Buddha's enlightenment, Mettler explores our perception of time. He dares to dream the movie of the future while also immersing us in the wonder of the everyday.
THE END OF TIME, at once personal, rigorous and visionary, Peter Mettler has crafted a film as compelling and magnificent as its subject.
"... recalling the work of Terrence Malick, Werner Herzog and the late Chris Marker... THE END OF TIME becomes immersive and hypnotic... a ravishingly beautiful experience." - Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter
"Peter Mettler's ruminative, frequently astounding essay film doesn't just contemplate time's relativity; it aims to cinematically embody it... Time is on this extraordinary doc's side." - Eric Hynes, Time Out New York
"A work of vision... A globe-trotting cine-essay about time... poetic and lovely." - Adam Nayman, POV
"Mettler's trippy films work as perceptual experiences... free your mind, and the rest will follow." - Mark Peranson, Pardo Live Locarno
"Peter Mettler traverses the globe to explore (and explode) our conceptions of time, in this entrancing combination of documentary and mind-expanding philosophical speculation." - Steve Gravestock, TIFF
"One of Canada's great cinematic experimentalists returns with a documentary exploring the meaning of time... There is not a hint of the didactic here, but rather pure contemplation, much like Graham Coleman's 1979 masterpiece Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy, which also sought to introduce a timeless, meditative state for viewers." - The Globe and Mail
"Splendiferously trippy." - Jason Anderson, Cinema Scope
"A film trip. A world film." - Les Inrockuptibles
"A form of cinematic meditation ... powerful, moving and sensually ravishing to watch." - Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Peter pushes forward with every new film, in his bid for a re-visioned consciousness." - Philip Hoffman, Filmmaker
"Mettler has tuned himself to the world. Always receptive to the unexpected." - Peter Weber, Swiss novelist
"One of the year's best films, The End of Time isn't something you simply watch; it's something you surrender to." - Peter Howell, Toronto Star