Shot largely on the same set of beaches in Portugal over a period of two years, the imagery of The Accidental Theorist is a series of instants that have become independent of reason or purpose.
This landscape is familiar, ubiquitous, and yet imaginary, unreal. It is full of stillness and silence yet the pervasive tranquility is not reassuring but discordant, inconsistent, intangible.
All that typifies the holiday beach experience is missing. There is an overwhelming sense of the theatrical and the melancholic.
The beach is rendered as little more than a proscenium awaiting some event.