Above and Below
May 2, 2015
Above and Below melds three very different ‘living situations’ together into one documentary: A couple living in the storm sewers below Las Vegas; A man living alone in a abandoned army base in the desert; and a woman living in a Mars simulation world in the desert. Oh, there’s another guy who lives in the sewers too (but he seems to have a lesser role the documentary).
The documentary follows each around and connects the stories of each with beautiful filmmaking and music. The only problem is each story is full of quite a bit of boring filler. This two hour documentary is a bit painful to sit through. If it was an hour, it would be more well received, in my opinion. It’s a shame because, as mentioned, it a visually beautiful film.
3/5 at Hot Docs