WATERMARK (Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky) Rating: NNNN

The new documentary from Manufactured Landscapes collaborators Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky feels very much like a continuation of their previous work, once again exploring the effects of human industry on the natural world – in this case, our oceans and rivers.

Documentarian Baichwal’s contemplative approach meshes nicely with photographer Burtynsky’s fondness for finding geometric patterns in gargantuan constructions like dams and aquifers. And producer/cinematographer Nicholas de Pencier captures some splendid high-definition images. (Watermark may set a record for the most helicopter shots in a Canadian production.)

The filmmakers cushion their potentially grim ecological message with philosophical digressions and moments of unexpected whimsy. Which seems like an awfully good idea right now.



Stay In The Know with Now Toronto

Be the first to know about new and exclusive content