In the painting-like, beautiful Iceland, a woman is searching for her schizophrenic brother while going through a spiritual journey of wonder and confrontations. In a country where nothing is like her home back in Ohio.
I jumped right on "I Send You This Place" to watch a documentary that dealt with some personality disorders in a unique, experimental fashion. In a very quiet, spiritual, fashion too. The trailers probably sent out a pretty good feel what kind of movie this was, but I think perhaps I underestimated how accurate the trailer was. This documentary is much different from the usual documentary, and hell, it's not always a documentary either. Which is fine. But when the subject is washed out and you long forgot what the movie invited you to, it's hard to stay focused.
Playing much like a documentary on the nature of Iceland rather than one about a woman's journey and disorders, "I Send You This Place" is most definitely beautiful. I can't deny it that. And being as it's partially about a couple's travel to Iceland, it's not that it's misplaced. The movie is also a very personal exploration of a woman in a new place where the adjustments of things resembles her own ADD and her brothers schizophrenia. Her brother becomes more like a memory than an actual character - someone to reference to and build ideas around. But the conditions themselves are scarcely explored upon.
Truth is, after just 2 or 3 of the total of 9 chapters, I lost my focus. It's a lot of talking and I am sure the filmmaking couple, Pete Ohs and Andrea Sisson, got much more out of this script than I ever could. Good riddance, but I don't feel like what I've watched has left me wondering about things. "I Send You This Place" is a great thing to look at, much due to the amazing nature of Iceland. There is a lot of thought and speculation in it, but instead of inviting me into it, it feels like it wants to be confusing and overly slow, and instead beats me over the head with it.
Needless to say, "I Send You This Place" did not work for me. At all. It's an arthouse documentary that should have worked since it ticks a lot of my boxes, but I am non the wiser. I feel like I have watched many ideas that never had a start or finish, and they were compiled around a vague idea. A thing to look at, but not one to ponder. At least not for me.