684. The End of the World in Four Seasons – Paul Driessen

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SUMMARY: Set to the music of Vivaldi, we see depictions of four separate seasons, with events being divided across eight small, interrelated boxes.

WHY IT’S HERE: Paul Driessen’s ‘The End of the World in Four Seasons’ is an ingenious, funny but somewhat taxing short. It comes with some provisos, the main one being to watch it on a decent sized screen since this is a film of minutiae, in which the action on screen is divided into eight small boxes. Events occur in different boxes at different times or sometimes simultaneously and the rules of how the boxes relate to each other spatially seems to shift occasionally. This is a richly detailed piece of work in which the viewer’s eyes are constantly wandering around the screen to try and identify where they should be looking, while also wondering what they might be missing in other boxes. Ultimately, this is a film to watch several times in order to appreciate all the little details, although in truth Driessen’s seasonal depictions are often less eventful than you might expect. Though it may prove as divisive as its miniaturised worlds, ‘The End of the World in Four Seasons’ is a very unique experience indeed.

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