The Left Hand Should Know

Breda Beban and Hrvoje Horvatic

1992, 39:00 minutes, colour, English


The power of memory, the passage of time, the ebb and flow of nature and its effect on the inner world of our thoughts. Like a slow effortlessly sustained tone poem, the piece conjures a deeply resonant visual landscape from a series of almost archetypical narrative scenes, each requiring that one look again at what lies below the surface of apparently everyday things. What is remarkable is that this dream-like mood is captured with barely any recourse to video trickery, relying solely on a particular use of light and subtle optical effects. Indeed, the texture of the piece has an absolute insistence on the physicality of what is captured by the camera that may remind many of the cinema of Tarkovsky and especially, Breson.

The Left Hand Should Know
is a beautiful work of haunting, delicate power.

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Critical Writing

Everything is Connected
by Chris Darke. Sight and Sound, Feb. 1995, no. 46.