Sunday, October 21, 2012

The driest place on earth

"Extreme Places With Björnulf",
Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company
Björnulf is a hot-tempered and devoted TV presenter. His project: a series called "Extreme Places". Together with the young photographer Thomas he goes on a journey taking them to the Chilean deserts, possibly the driest place on earth. There things start becoming difficult. Björnulf seems to lose his interest, starts drinking heavily and leaves the work to his friend. So Thomas sets out to explore how the few locals manage to survive in this hostile area.

The abrupt switching between genres and perspectives is irritating and fascinating at the same time. "Extreme Places With Björnulf" (Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company) pretends to be half road movie, half documentary. The series is original and funny, a light-hearted and fast-paced narrative about passion, friendship and about the brinks of human existence.

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