Watch Narcose: Short Film About Deep Water Free Diving
Narcose is a new short film about deep water freediving by French director Julie Gautier. The film follows Guillaume Néry, the apnea world champion as he dives to astonishing depths.
The idea for the film came from Néry describing the hallucinations he feels as he dives to Gautier. In the film, as Néry begins to struggle to hold his breath, the hallucinations begin to take over from reality and become more unsettling. The film is a direct portrayal of the hallucinations Néry described to Gautier.
The greek word meaning “without breathing”, Apnea has become a synonym for freediving using just one single breath of air. This practice “exposes its practitioners to a form of narcosis, which induces several symptoms, among which a feeling of euphoria and levity that earned this phenomenon its nickname of 'raptures of the deep'"
The film brilliantly depicts the initial tranquility but also the growing anxiety as a free diver descends deep below the water’s surface. Gautier and Néry recently had a baby girl and have been together for 7 years. Néry had never shared his hallucinations with anyone before, therefore the close relationship between director and subject runs throughout.
Watch the short film below.
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Image Credits: Narcose
Article by Jack Bartrop