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Leaning into the Wind

This film is a documentary whose subject is Andy Goldsworthy, an artist who lives and works in Scotland. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was eager to see it as I love documentaries on artists. The film blew me away. Goldsworthy is such an unusual and engaging artist who works with elements of nature and time and motion in his work that encompasses sculpture and photography. In some works, he covers his hands in rose petals and films what happens as they wash away; in another, he put down a white tarp and allowed sheep to walk over it with muddy paws, creating a “painting”; in yet another, he perches himself in trees. The director brings you into Goldsworthy’s creative process and leaves you with some incredibly stunning works of art. Big thumbs up for me for a film that will for sure appeal to art lovers and photographers and those who want to see something peaceful and beautiful. I noticed, in doing some investigation, that there is another movie about Goldsworthy by the same director called Rivers and Tides; I will be looking for that one soon. I would have liked to have seen more about him and his history, but it is a minor quibble regarding an otherwise excellent film.

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