#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Rampant debt and a significant midlife crisis send philosopher Edmund Burke (Antony Langdon) fleeing from London to embark on an expedition through the French Alps. He brings along a servant on loan from his brother’s plantation in the West Indies, a young indigenous woman named Awak (Nathalia Acevedo from Post Tenebras Lux). Together they set out to discover the sublime in this 18th-century road movie. Ill-equipped for the outdoor life, Burke whinges the days away while Awak carries all their supplies and makes sure his face is perpetually powdered. With ample snark and a masterful sense of natural light, Jacobi constructs each scene of his debut feature with a sense of humour and a delicate frame. Will Burke find a fitting subject for his philosophical inquiry in the immensity of Mother Nature’s beauty? Or will the natural world become his master in the end?
Plot: The philosopher Edmund Burke has fled London, debt collectors and a ramping midlife crisis to go on a grand tour of the Alps to rewrite his book on the Sublime in this 18th-century road movie.
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More ridiculous than sublime, unfortunately
I was drawn to this film by the fab scenery in the trailer and the intriguing subject matter. The Irish-born statesman, philosopher, and man of letters, Edmund Burke, has been described as one of the most important formative influences on English conservatism, although he took stances that might have been viewed as liberal back in the mid-18th Century. He attempted to find a peaceful resolution to the dispute between the Crown and the American colonies, pursued the impeachment of the former Governor-General of Bengal over alleged plunder and corruption, and even opposed the slave trade.
The film deals only one aspect of Burke’s life and legacy – his contribution to the philosophy of aesthetics, in particular the notion of “the sublime” – that in nature which inspires awe, reverence, or a sense of wonder mixed with terror. It takes place during a (probably fictitious) research trip to the French Alps in which Burke, played by Antony Langdon, sets out to further investigate his idea of “the sublime” for a revised edition of his treatise on the subject. Improbably, he undertakes his quest with a single companion – a female servant named Awak (Nathalia Acevedo), who acts as his cook, valet and baggage-hauler on the perilous journey.
There is both dramatic and comic potential in this scenario – Burke is portrayed as fastidious, foppish, and with an overbearing sense of entitlement, brusque in his dealings with members of the lower classes, and unprepared for the harsh conditions and biological hazards he encounters on his trek. But it’s a wasted opportunity. The dialogue is lame and banal, with no attempt to give it a convincing 18th century flavour. (I don’t claim that speech in period dramas has to be authentic in order to work – indeed there is something to be said, on occasions, for using an ultra-modern lexicon for greater impact and immediacy – but here, the use of modern colloquialisms just comes across as lazy.) There is no back-story concerning Burke’s prior career and life in London, or how his theories connect to the wider intellectual and artistic scene in existence at that time. What’s more, there is no meaningful development of the protagonist. His character does not really progress or change, through interaction either with his environment or his fellow human beings. Whether he’s moaning about his tea being cold, straightening his periwig, demanding his face-powder, or crawling under a glacier, he remains the same fey, self-important, upper-class twit. Even as he is driven to seek more extreme landscapes in search of the “sublime”, risking hypothermia in the process, there is no real sense of peril, and Burke doesn’t seem to acquire any new humility, compassion or wisdom as a result of his brushes with hardship and death on his ill-defined spiritual quest.
Such a mocking and trivialising treatment of this Hiberno-British intellectual giant might be excusable if the film was at least funny. And yet it fails on the level of comedy too. Burke’s snobbishness and peevishness are too understated, and Langdon’s delivery and acting style too restrained, for it to work in this way. As for Awak, I’m at a loss to understand why the writer / director couldn’t have made the interplay between the two characters more exciting. She’s neither a muse, nor a companion, nor an intellectual rival, nor a lover, she’s just . . . well, there. Her lines are delivered utterly without conviction (not her fault because it’s a rotten script). And she’s miscast – it’s not credible that someone would employ such a slender, willowy young lady to drag the contents of a gentleman’s wardrobe and other paraphernalia up and down mountains – she wouldn’t survive two days.
I can’t fault the visual elements; the director of photography exploits the splendid Alpine locations to the full. So, it works on the level of a travelogue. But the lazy writing and superficial approach to characterisation failed to sustain my interest in the human aspect of this drama, and any viewers who are hoping to be enlightened about the real Burke and his intellectual life will be sorely disappointed.
Stunning cinematic speculation on the sublime, gender and nature.
What a mischievous, funny and eloquent film! I watched The Trouble with Nature on the big screen at a festival screening and could not help being drawn into this strange minimalistic alpine fantasy. It follows philosopher Edmund Burke (played by Antony Langdon), who wrote a book on the sublime back in the 18th century, during a deep midlife crisis that has send him on a trip to the alps to restore his reputation by writing a new edition in the field. Without further notice the film opens in a lavender field where Burke is sleeping, already lost in nature and his own project. Where will I find the sublime ? Good question and one that becomes the subject of the film. I was afraid that this would lead into pathetic terretory, but surprisingly the film stays true to the question and not the answer. We later learn that Burke has lost all his money investing in his brothers plantation in the west indies and now finds himself traveling with a servant send to him by the brother to even things out. Her name is Awak (superbly played by Nathalia Acevedo) and she slowly becomes the central character of the film. Burke who has never been outside London soon discovers that he does not like nature at all. It is messy and will not provide him with a simple answer to his question. The sheer volume of it disturbs him, trees everywhere, ants and endless hills in his least favourite color; green. Meanwhile Awak makes easy connections with everything around her, she drinks straight from the streams, collects mushrooms and interacts with wild animals. In one stunning scene she has close contact with a wild Chamois, in another she has an erotic encounter with moss. This all disturbs Burke who grows jealous of her unspoken alliance with the very subject he cannot connect with. Burke speaks non stop to himself and all around him in long rants that made me laugh several times. In one scene they stumble upon ruins of a farm and Burke accuses nature of a massacre on this poor attempt at civilisation. The film slowly gains height both physically and philosophically as the subject of man and woman’s relationship to nature becomes more central. It is difficult not to see the film as a feminist statement, not just because of the silent poetic portrait of Awak as the full human potential for connection, but because Burke represents such a stubborn male view of nature that still dominates the world today. In that sense the film is a comment on our times and I can highly recommend it for it’s witty dialogue, odd story and stunning cinematography that shows the sublime without pointing at it.
Original Language en
Director Illum Jacobi
Writer Illum Jacobi, Hans Frederik Jacobsen
Actors Antony Langdon, Nathalia Acevedo, Ulrik Wivel
Country France, Denmark
Awards 2 wins & 8 nominations
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