Men and women are literally on opposite ends of the planet: she is in Iceland, he - in Australia - are connected by some unknown history, the author left-overs. Both are in total solitude of his existence. Woman on a snowy cold ocean shore climbs to the top of the lighthouse, which tears the roof of a large icicle, and then soothes her by her sexual hunger. A man loads into the back of his jeep, large ice blocks and carries them through the sandy wasteland home, where with their help, committing slow suicide noose, protracted as the melting ice.
The film is based on the visual contrast of landscapes of the two corners of the world and the general emotional mood of his characters. In the film, no dialogue, and the author would have plenty of geysers, waterfalls and beautiful erotic scenes in stuffy rooms. Although these scenes are the same really cold, as those same blocks of ice, about unbanal use of which has hints director.
This moving film reveals the differing fortunes of a mother polar bear, a mother grizzly bear and their newborn cubs, in a rapidly changing world. The shrinking Arctic ice may be making life much tougher for polar bears, but it is offering new opportunities for grizzly bears to the south. Where once the lives of white and brown bears could not have been more different, in summertime they now meet along shores and islands almost all the way to the North Pole. Amazingly, they have even interbred. This is a remarkable story of how bears, ever intelligent and resourceful, are adapting to a warming world.
On My Way to Absence continues on the similar delicate path that Jurado paved starting with Where Shall You Take Me?, with subtle differences. Jurado seems to broaden his palette with which to express this dark business of life on On My Way to Absence – lush strings swirl underneath tracks like "White Center" and "Night Out for the Downer," while the use of minimal electronics, keyboards, and samples creeps up on tracks like "Big Decision" and "A Jealous Heart Is a Heavy Heart." All of this is sequenced next to the stripped-down and melancholy rock tracks that Jurado is known for, the dark confessional "Fuel" and the raw "I Am the Mountain" being the best examples. On My Way to Absence offers many new areas of musical exploration, suggesting a more mature arranger in Damien Jurado mingling with the wonderfully sad storyteller and vivid landscape painter that he is already known for on previous releases.