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Directed byBernt Capra
Written byBernt Capra (story)
Floyd Byars & Fritjof Capra (screenplay)
Produced byKlaus Lintschinger (executive)
StarringLiv Ullmann
Sam Waterston
John Heard
Ione Skye
CinematographyKarl Kases
Edited byJean-Claude Piroué
Music byPhilip Glass
Distributed byTriton Pictures
Release date
  • September 9, 1990 (1990-09-09)
Running time
112 min.
CountryUnited States

Mindwalk is a 1990 feature film directed by Bernt Amadeus Capra, adapted from his short story based on The Turning Point, a nonfiction book by his brother Fritjof Capra, author of The Tao of Physics.

The movie portrays a wide-ranging conversation among three characters: Sonia, a Norwegian physicist who abandoned a lucrative career after discovering that elements of her work were being applied to weapons development, Jack, an American politician attempting to make sense of his recent defeat as a presidential candidate, and Tom, a poet, Jack's close friend, and a disillusioned former political speechwriter, while they wander around Mont Saint-Michel, France. The movie introduces systems theory and systems thinking, along with insights into modern physical theories such as quantum mechanics and particle physics.[1]

Political and social problems, and alternative solutions, are a focus of the film. However, the specific problems and solutions are not the primary concern; 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 discussion.

The movie was filmed on site at the Mont Saint-Michel and has views of (and scenes conceptually based around) many structures and features there, including the approach over the tidal flats, the cathedral, the walkways, a torture chamber, and a giant, ancient clock mechanism.


  • 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


  1. ^ Wilmington, Michael. "MOVIE REVIEW: Mindwalk: Alluring but Limited Look at World", The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, 25 October 1991. Retrieved on 09 November 2015.

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