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Upon this stunted landscape, Terrence Malick's 2016 documentary "Voyage of Time: Life's Journey" seems a bold cinematic gesture of substance and lyricism. The film premiered at Venice last year, where – in the wake of Malick's previous two features (both star-studded cheese fests) – it was warmly received. It will have its Beirut debut at Metropolis Cinema Thursday, the opening film of the Ecrans du Reel documentary film festival.Running 90 minutes, Malick's full-length film is substantial enough to satisfy Attenborough fans but anyone expecting an amiable English-accented voiceover to explain what audience members are seeing on screen will be disappointed.That film commences with an extended cosmic history lesson that's also punctuated by the voiceover supplications of a female voice.It wouldn't be reductive to read "Voyage of Time" as a "Tree of Life" redux (wildlife documentary veteran Paul Atkins was cinematographer for both films), with its cosmic natural history bits prolonged, its central coming-of-age tale excised and replaced by documentary footage."Voyage of Time: Life's Journey" screens at Metropolis Cinema-Sofil May 4 at 8 p.m. Ecrans du Reel runs through May 9 .
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