↳ Amy Halpern
US 1992, 01:04:00
It is a film about film. If you ever get confused or dizzy, remember: UP-SIDE-DOWN is how everyone natural-seeming on a screen is going, diving down across the projection lens. Just remember, we are all upside-down and diving when on film. Just like our constant diving in the direction east as the planet spins on its axis. Falling Lessons is an exploded narrative. It is a film in which a contemplative fabric is repeatedly interrupted by mundane and also dramatic events. A thing or two happens, therefore some call the film “narrative”. But if this is true, it is in an atomised form, a fragment here, a bit more further on. But this does not describe the film. It is a trip on three axis’ – x, y and z: vertical (x), a bit of horizontal (y) and a great deal of z-axis motion – the distance one can travel into the frame. Most of this movement is implied. The surface and depth considerations are what the eye goes through while looking at/into the eyes and faces of almost 200 people and animals. The whole film is built visually on a vertical tilt and audibly on a descending bass line. Intimate views pass by, close enough to taste, and are gone. – A.H.