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The surprisingly short leap from radical academic study to lurid exploitation is navigated with wit, sensitivity and rueful social awareness in Swedish director Marcus Lindeen's gripping debut feature "The Raft."
Yet the crushing disappointment of the film (which matches archive footage with contemporary reflections) is that nothing really happens.
It's all splendid fruit for a documentary, especially given two things: the remarkable filmed record of the expedition at the time, and the fact that seven of its members are still alive.
It is an interesting story, and yet the film doesn't quite summon up the atmosphere of the raft. It doesn't fully plunge you into that strange milieu, nor does it quite analyse exactly what was going on.
If we all end up like this, we should be happy: prepossessing wrecks, blithely remembering the days we put to sea as vessels of youth, hoping we'd reach journey's end without destroying ourselves or each other.
A film rippling with insights into identity politics and humanity under pressure.
Marcus Lindeen has the participants of a radical social experiment re-enact moments from their experience, bringing forth some moving confessions.
Sadly, Genoves isn't around to tell his side of the story, but Lindeen has written a terrific narration from the anthropologist's diaries and poetry, read with a great deal of relish by the actor Daniel Giminez Cachao.
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