Touching the Void
- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2004 1 Jan
Several recent "reality films" have won raves from critics, many of whom heralded 2003 as "the Year of the Documentary." 2004 looks like it will continue the trend, and the first highly praised documentary of the year is
Stef Loy (The Matthews House Project) says, "'The Void' in the film's title could represent death, or the dark shaft of icy underworld Joe must eventually lower himself into in order to save himself. It could also represent the mental hallucinatory state that took over when Joe's psychological facilities started going haywire. Whatever 'the Void' is—and it's probably many things—it's a chance for a man to reach outside himself for something or someone to deliver him. For Joe, the only thing that keeps him going is his desire to not die alone. The void gives voice to the sound a soul makes when pressed and pinned to the point of implosion."
Jerry Langford (