The Nature of Third Star

If you search for the film Third Star on the interwebs you’ll find a synopsis something like this:

After celebrating his 29th and–as everyone including himself knows–last birthday, James, a young man terminally ill with cancer, sets out on a last hiking trip with his three best friends, Davy, Bill and Miles. Their destination is James’s favorite beach at Barafundle Bay.”

“The journey will test their strength, their friendship, and their belief in what makes life worth living.

(wikipedia, third star on facebook)

It is a beautiful film for about a thousand reasons, but one that resonated strongly for me was its treatment of nature. It was a character in and of itself: Barafundle Bay will forever sound like some whispered, magical incantation.

The tree Bill grew from seed.

As James’ final destination, Barafundle Bay is without doubt the biggest nature character in the story. But the journey to Barafundle reveals some other memorable players as well.

Navigating through the trees.

James, dreaming in the woods.

Herd of horses, nearing Barafundle.

James, grasping and enveloped in the beach grass.

James, shadowing a stormy Barafundle.

Feathers: caught by James’ hands, floating on the water, decaying on the rocks.

James, watching the birds.

There’s in inherent thoughtfulness, a reverence, to the journey and the natural spaces and objects it involves. The journey the characters undertake is both physical and emotional, and the two parts compliment each other well: from the saltwater of the bay to the salt tears on the cheek. It’s storytelling on a very sensory level.

Third Star is also a terrific example of art with conscience, encouraging donations to Sarcoma UK.

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