Watch: 'Symmetry: A Palindromic Film' Is Beautiful Both Forwards and Backwards

Watch: 'Symmetry: A Palindromic Film' Is Beautiful Both Forwards and Backwards

Jan 14, 2014

Symmetry: A Palindromic Film is not the latest feature from Todd Solondz. Yann Pineill’s mirror-image movie, which we spotted on Film School Rejects, has been constructed to play the same forwards as it does backwards.

There’s no dialogue or heavy action. Beautiful cinematography and a score from Cliff Martinez (featuring Joseph Haydn) carries us through the subtleties of one man’s emotional day. With reverse footage, sometimes movement feels mechanical or harsh. The movements here suggest a gentle dream state. If you didn’t know Pineill’s tactic, you might never guess the footage was reversed.

See how this short film explores symmetry in composition, sound, time and action, below.

 

 

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