Ambitious experimental docu “Everything Is Relative,” by young Danish helmer Mikala Krogh, explores her own theory of relativity by organizing new, archival and homemovie footage — shot in Denmark, Mozambique, Japan, Dubai, the U.S. and Thailand — into philosophical chapters such as “Love,” “Loss,” “Happiness, “Illness,” “Time” and “Light.” Edited for contrast without voiceover commentary or identifying didactics, provocative, intellectually challenging material will likely be off-putting to auds who prefer to be spoon-fed their subject matter. Specialty fests and Euro tube should constitute the pic’s best markets.
Some footage is disturbingly intimate, including a real-time, tight-focus childbirth scene from the Mozambique, the homevideo diary of a Danish woman undergoing breast cancer treatment, and closeups of a man and a woman making love in semi-darkened bedroom. More broadly engaging are the tales of love from around the world, with couples shot against the same backdrop. Slow pans over stylized, studio-lit tableaux illustrate each chapter heading in cheeky fashion, and each section also includes mock-serious musings from screenwriter Mogens Rukov, a legendary professor from the Danish Film School, often referred to as Dr. Dogme. Ace tech package smoothly incorporates an assortment of materials.