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Encounters at the End of the World
Werner Herzog confirms his standing as poet laureate of men in extreme situations with "Encounters at the End of the World." In this visually stunning exploration, Herzog travels to the Antarctic community of McMurdo Station, headquarters of the National Science Foundation and home to 1,100 people during the austral summer (Oct-Feb). Over the course of his journey, Herzog examines human nature and Mother nature, juxtaposing breathtaking locations with the profound, surreal, and sometimes absurd experiences of the marine biologists, physicists, plumbers, and truck drivers who choose… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"Seemingly off-hand, cumulatively imposing, utterly masterful."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"[Herzog is] a filmmaker ideally suited to recognize and celebrate...deep irony."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Respect for the environment is not a moral issue for Herzog, but a common sense issue of survival. In the harsh environs of the polar regions, his point is made with crystalline clarity."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"...May not have the shock and drive of Grizzly Man, but it's a poignant and even haunting work nonetheless"
‑ Craig Phillips, GreenCine
"This Oscar-nominated gem reveals far more than the traditional documentary by coming at the subject from an unexpected angle to reveal a myriad of unvarnished truths."
‑ Tim Surette, Sky Movies
"Herzog is one of a kind. His new doc is an event you watch in awe as you marvel at its wonders."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A poem of oddness and beauty. Herzog is like no other filmmaker, and to return to him is to be welcomed into a world vastly larger and more peculiar than the one around us. The underwater photography alone would make a film, but there is so much more."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The footage is breathtaking. We also are privileged to watch seals feeding their young, but the revelations about penguin 'prostitutes' are perhaps the film's most extraordinary. Gay penguins? Insane penguins?"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"This documentary about life in and around a vast scientific research centre in Antarctica. None of these meetings, however, is as interesting as the interspersed footage of the pole's natural wonders."
‑ Edward Porter, Times [UK]
"Too loose and aimless to sit with Herzog's best, Encounters drifts along on its filmmaker's frostbitten humour and his ever-searching eye for weirdness and wonder."
‑ Jonathan Crocker, Total Film
"The sky is relentlessly blue, the sun bright even in the thick of night. In this odd and unforgettable place, Herzog has made his own poetry."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Damnably frustrating and fascinating, Herzog's questions deconstruct Earth's DNA in a scientific process going beyond statistics to ancestry or spirituality - an idea that we're witnesses and valets who are here and, sooner than we think, will be gone."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Caustically enchanting"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"His best film for years."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Herzog is baffled, amused and fascinated by them all, exults in their palpable strangeness, draws us deep into their unique world and, via Henry Kaiser's extraordinary underwater photography, what looms often unnervingly beneath it."
‑ Allan Jones, Uncut Magazine [UK]
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