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|Directed by||Bernt Capra|
|Produced by||Klaus Lintschinger (executive)|
|Written by||Bernt Capra (story)
Floyd Byars & Fritjof Capra (screenplay)
|Music by||Philip Glass|
|Editing by||Jean-Claude Piroué|
|Distributed by||Triton Pictures|
|Release dates||September 9, 1990|
|Running time||112 min.|
Mindwalk is a 1990 feature film directed by Bernt Amadeus Capra, based on his own short story, based in turn on the book The Turning Point by his brother Fritjof Capra, the author of the book The Tao of Physics.
The majority of the movie is a conversation among three characters: a Norwegian scientist, Sonia Hoffman (played by Liv Ullmann), "the only woman in my department, the first in Norway doing quantum field theory"; an American politician and former presidential candidate, Jack Edwards (played by Sam Waterston); and poet Thomas Harriman (played by John Heard), a former political speechwriter, as they wander around Mont Saint-Michel, France. The movie serves as an introduction to systems theory and systems thinking, while insights into modern physical theories such as quantum mechanics and particle physics are also given.
Political and social problems, and alternative solutions for them, are another major focus of the film. However, specific problems and solutions are not the main focus; rather, different perspectives are presented through which these problems can be viewed and considered. Sonia Hoffman's perspective is referred to as the holistic, or systems theory, perspective. Thomas Harriman, the poet, recites the poem "Enigmas" by Pablo Neruda (based on the translation by Robert Bly) at the end of the movie, concluding the core of the discussion.
The film was filmed on the mount, and thus has great views of many structures there, especially approach over the tidal flats, the cathedral, the walkways, and the giant and ancient clock mechanism.
There is a DVD release from Versatil Home Video, a Portuguese company. It keeps its original English script with no voice overs and only Portuguese subtitles which can be turned off or on. It appears from the notes on the case, this version was released in 2010. This may or may not be an authorized release.
- Liv Ullmann as Sonia Hoffman
- Sam Waterston as Jack Edwards
- John Heard as Thomas Harriman
- Ione Skye as Kit Hoffman
- Emmanuel Montes as Romain
- Gabrielle Danchik as Tour guide
- Jeanne van Phue as Tourist 1
- Penny White as Tourist 2
- Jean Boursin as Sacristan