THE NEW MATH(S) (2000)

Director: Hal Hartley
Year: 2000
Time: 15 mins
Music: Louis Andriessen & Michel Van der Aa
Eye of Sound: The choreographical action hardly disguises the film's bottom line. Maths are today aiming at concepts of eternity and recurrence, a brutal disruption of our poorly built conceptions of linear time. An apple and a clock seem to signal this circularity. A dance-theatre combat between two students and a teacher over the meaning of an equation triggers the action, in contrast with Andriessen and Aa's beautiful, contemplative vocal score - as if movement within the cycle is but an illusion in the eyes of recurrence.

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