Review of “No Objects” (2019)

Moving picture, 7 minutes

Seen in 2020.

Described by the NFB as “An ode to touch in which every gesture is magnified and the image can be heard, the film offers both a bracing and contemplative meditation on the tactile world.”

The title is good; the film is an avant-garde experiment without objects or narrative. Per the director’s intention, it does have tactility, but the concept leaves nothing for the conscious agent to work with. By choice, Moïa Jobin-Paré stops short at Torben Grodal’s first step of film perception, described in Moving Pictures: A New Theory of Film Genres, Feelings and Cognition (1997). It does not reach the paratelic level. This being the case, the only rewards are intellectual.

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