Visitors makes you wonder who’s looking at whom.
VISITORS directed by Godfrey Reggio. A filmswelike release. 87 minutes. Opens Friday (January 31). For venues and times, see Movies. Rating: NNNN
Godfrey Reggio's first feature project since 2002's Naqoyqatsi is unlike any of his previous films.
It's not a documentary exactly, but a kind of essay film, constructed entirely of images of people (and one endlessly watchable primate) and places drifting across the screen in sumptuous black-and-white, all set to an alternately calm and propulsive Philip Glass score.
The flow of images is designed to be open to interpretation, but it seemed to me that Reggio is exploring every permutation of his chosen title, including a slow-motion recreation of a roomful of people reacting to some sort of off-screen event - perhaps they're not rooting for the home team. It's a thrilling commentary on impermanence. None of us is here forever, after all.
But that's just my take. You're free to make of Reggio's art what you will. That's what it's there for.