Hot Docs 2014: Focus on Infinity Review

Focus on Infinity

Focus on Infinity

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Focus on Infinity asks a lot of its audience. It’s a documentary about the science of space composed exclusively of earthly footage and it offers nothing in terms of scientific discovery or revelation.

Between the biblical musings of a former physicist and declarations of craving the unknowable are symbols and questions that add up to a captivating, contemplative, and patience demanding ninety minutes.

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If you’re willing to tolerate a lot of anti-science half-philosophising masked in the testimony of ex-scientists, a Vatican astronomer, and theoretical physicists enduring existential crises, then you will be treated to visually stunning set of images depicting the tension between human-made form and the uncontrollable wild that we inhabit.

Had it introduced other world views beyond those of progressive Christian thinkers and defeatist scientists it may have succeeded in something a little more profound. As it stands, the finished product is a sublime collection of gorgeous images set to defeatist pseudo-philosophical commentary that bites off more than it can chew. (Peter Counter)

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Wednesday, April 30th, Hart House Theatre, 7:00pm

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Thursday, May 1st, Isabel Bader Theatre, 10:30am

Friday, May 2nd, TIFF Bell Lightbox 1, 1:00pm

Sunday, May 4th, Hart House Theatre, 7:00pm

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