Salt and FireJosh Cabrita
Werner Herzog’s first outright comedy, Salt and Fire is a stilted and surreal meditation on our relationship with nature. Replete with toilet humour and philosophical platitudes, this is as an artwork that transcends conventional notions of good or bad; the film simply is.
Sent to South America to investigate an environmental disaster, a scientific team is kidnapped by a corporate CEO with mysterious motives.
The magic begins to take hold, and by the end I was wondering if the film’s first half wasn’t meant as a self-consciously labored mockery of “ecological thrillers,” mere scaffolding for the German director’s more intuitive images and discoveries