United States, 67 min
The weather station on Mt. Washington (1916 m), in the northeast of the USA. Since 1932, working in extreme conditions, climatologists up here have been recording temperatures and wind speeds. In this remote setting, like a lone Martian, an emblematic figure performs the mysterious gestures associated with her scientific mission. Later, she is replaced by a male figure, performing the same risible tasks. All around them, the changeless – and eternally changing – environment. Whether deserted or assailed by tourists, sunk in fog and snow or bathed in sunlight, day by day, with the changing weather and seasons, this place and the sumptuous landscapes below are revealed in a succession of dazzling epiphanies. With great virtuosity, images and sound shift from concrete to abstract, noise to silence, white to colour, in a series of subtle variations which gradually empty or saturate the field. A contemplative, sometimes humorous film, without dialogue, which ushers us into a rich visual and auditory experience. A moment of grace.
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