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The End of Time

Peter Mettler's documentary offers unique ways to see nature.

Author: Trevor Quirk/Sunday, January 11, 2015/Categories: photography, video, art and design, environment

Accidentally and thankfully, I had the chance to watch Peter Mettler's ethnographic and audacious 2012 documentary, "The End of Time". The film is a disparate and experimental treatment of the human concept of time. Besides presenting the viewer with one of the few interesting depictions of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Mettler offers captivating cinematography of the natural world: sunlight latticed by a thin canopy of trees; the slow, grumbling, vibrant creep of a lava flow; a colony of voracious ants collaborating to move and kill their ailing prey (which I believe was some sort of mantis.) Reminiscent of Terrance Malick's "The Tree of Life", Mettler asks you to steep in this imagery for long periods (an obvious consequence of Mettler's subject). Watching, say, a lava flow for five minutes instead of a T.V.-friendly duration (e.g. 10 seconds)...I was surprised by what I'd missed. You might be too.

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