At first, there is no river. Heck, there is no sound either. All we get to see is a surveillance-type of camera footage, observing one of the downtown streets.
Part road movie, part character portrait, Jack’s Ride depends a great deal on the quiet charisma of its subject.
The topic of the film is the status of the predominantly female workers in the tobacco industry in the town of Nipani.
Perel’s tone is not unemotional, but it can be considered a bit flat, which is in accordance with the factual tone of the book: it mainly consists of pure facts devoid of any kind of personal interpretation.
Like most experimental collage films, Zeus Machine is an uneven patchwork. Some sections feel too slight and open-ended, others overly cryptic and wilfully obscure.