In Tectonic Plates, the single image of plate tectonics – the inexorable shifting of the landmasses that support the earth's continents – becomes a metaphor for the evolution of human life and culture, and the forces and restraints that shape the way we think, act and feel.
The story criss-crosses the globe, following the seemingly random yet intricate interactions of events and individuals that shape the life of a French Canadian painter, Madeleine. As Madeleine's memories, visions and collisions with others shift through both time and space – from continent to continent, epoch to epoch – the film explores the relative and ephemeral nature of our political, cultural, sexual and personal boundaries.
Tectonic Plates is a complex and evocative voyage into the geology of human behaviour that explores, explodes and cross-fertilizes theatrical and cinematic forms.
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