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Two Years At Sea review

The wordless wilderness existence of Scottish hermit

Experimental artist Ben Rivers’ feature debut is a beguiling (if patience stretching) journey into solitude, as he observes the wordless wilderness existence of Scottish hermit Jake Williams.

It’s technically a doc, but neither Rivers nor his inscrutable subject is interested in backstory; ‘Jake’ isn’t even named on-screen.

We’re left to gauge his motives from his tranquil outdoors lifestyle; a seven-minute take of him floating on a raft is as eventful as this gets.

With meditative compositions and 16mm photography (developed by hand to create a spectral surrealism), it’s more trance than movie.

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