Fast, Cheap and out of control. (1997)
A documentary film that draws and then joins the dots between a topiary gardener, a robotics engineer, a wild animal trainer and a devoted expert on the most unpleasant of animals, the naked mole-rat. It's inconceivable how such a set of interviews resulted in any sort of coherence whatsoever. That an objective filmmaker and a bit of honesty can draw close such a diverse bunch of characters is a testament to the power of film and the craft of documentary film making.
Without clumsy leading questions, our subjects are asked to talk about specific themes, the past, future, their profession and their own perspectives on life. Discussed are anxieties of redundancy, dying arts, cutting edge technologies, childhoods and the inevitability of an end. Juxtaposing the interview audio of one subject with the visuals of the work of another, it's intentions are at one minute ambiguous and in the next startlingly clear. Essentially as I think an observation of human nature, director Errol Morris weaves the lives of our four subjects into a film with subtle poignancy and a playful poetry to it all. You can read into it as much or as little as you want, but thoroughly entertained ye shall be.