Vivan Las Antipodas! review

On the other side...

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Start in Shanghai, dig a hole straight through the centre of the earth, and you’d come out in a tiny riverside settlement in Argentina called Entre Ríos.

That’s the idea behind Russian documentarist Victor Kossakovsky’s quietly magical film. He chooses four pairs of exact antipodean spots – also Siberia and Patagonia, Hawaii and Botswana, Spain and New Zealand – and shows us the contrasts between them.

No voiceover, just images and the odd snatch of overheard dialogue. Kossakovsky plays diverting sight-games, and indulges in visual puns.

Lovely stuff.