Review of “No Objects” (2019)
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.