Pat Collins | 2012 | ★★★★½
A Berlin-based sound recordist (Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhride) returns to his native Ireland, tasked with capturing the sound of an environment free from manmade noise. As he travels along the west coast recording the sounds of wind and waves, trees and birds, he meets various locals, with whom he discusses matters historical, philosophical, and personal. Eventually, and perhaps reluctantly, he makes his way to Toraigh – the island upon which he grew up – returning for the first time in 15 years. Stunning landscape photography, an unsurprisingly vivid soundscape, gorgeously glacial pacing, and a hauntingly melancholy central performance combine to decidedly beautiful effect, in this skilful blending of fact and fiction.