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Film review: Flow: For Love of Water

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You'll have to excuse the terrible pun, but "Flow: For Love of Water" is a little dry.

Among other things, this documentary feature discusses the continuing battles over various ecological and environmental concerns, and the global economic crisis — using water as the connecting point.

Unfortunately, the film is filled mostly with talking-head interviews and very one-sided reporting. So it's lucky that these are subjects that are extremely topical right now, and are of interest as a result.

In "Flow," French filmmaker Irena Salina observes that approximately 70 percent of the world is covered in water. Yet ironically there are drought and famine conditions throughout many countries.

Salina attributes a good portion of that to the actions of a "cabal" of world government officials and private corporations that are trying to control water rights and supplies. (The film states that water has become the third-largest industry around the world.)

And "Flow" not only focuses on problems in Third World countries, but some in the United States — specifically in Michigan — as well. It also discusses water-contamination concerns and about whether those have led to a health epidemic.

Smartly, Salina (2000's "Ghost Bird: The Life and Art of Judith Deim") breaks up some of the interviews with occasional newsreel footage and some smart graphics.

But all the pontificating becomes a little wearying. That said, at least this is not the kind of chest-puffing hyperbole you'd see and hear in one of Michael Moore's films.

"Flow: For Love of Water" is not rated but would probably receive a PG-13 for some strong violent imagery (mostly rioting) and some brief drug references (chemicals and additives, some of them toxic). Running time: 84 minutes.


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