It’s become something of a tradition that December brings at least one slow, meditative documentary to provide welcome relief from the seasonal frenzy of consumerism and forced jollity. Russian documentarian Victor Kossakovsky‘s lauded Aquarela is one of those films aimed at putting us puny humans in our place.
It’s a narration-free, globe-trotting celebration of the sheer awesome power of water in all its forms, from icebergs to hurricanes. For once, that over-used description ‘immersive’ seems appropriate. If you’re wondering about the striking score, by the way, it was specially commissioned from those great Finnish symphonic metallers Apocalyptica.