In A Weekend Or A Year, Remoteness Is Captured On Film

November 28, 2014 11:15 PM

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Remote Area Medical and Antarctica: A Year on Ice are both studies of human life in extremis, and each documentary employs a strict chronological framework. The former observes a single weekend, while the latter — well, it's right there in the title, although the movie draws on a decade's worth of footage.

In tone, however, the two are utterly unalike, and not just because their characters are, respectively, dirt-poor or bone-cold. The essential difference is that Remote Area Medical is terse and withholding, in the accepted cinema-verite manner, while Antarctica could hardly be chattier.

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