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Continued: Reviewed in brief: 'Dom Hemingway,' 'Bears' and more

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Baichwal and Burtynsky racked up the frequent-flier points for spectacular location work in India, China, Germany, China, Greenland, Mexico and more. There are jaw-dropping images of China’s Xiluodu Dam, the equal of a half-dozen Hoovers. Its stark mechanized innards suggest a vast concrete Death Star. The camera savors the pointless beauty of the elaborately choreographed fountains at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

We see desert delta tributaries dying of thirst, their feeder streams resembling branches of dead trees, and floating coastal cities of boats and nets where Fujian fishing families harvest abalone. Water is poisoned by foul leather tanneries in Dhaka, enjoyed at a California pro surfing competition and cherished at Northern British Columbia’s pristine watershed.

At 92 minutes, the production is stately, unhurried yet crisply focused, never overstaying its welcome.

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