Embark on a journey through Switzerland and learn about unique places that are subtly woven into the story of Skygarden. In Fabian Weber’s movie, we accompany Jost as an old man in the present to places that hold a special attraction for him. We get to know him better through his appearance and insights into his surroundings. Through music, he indulges in reminiscences, perceived by the viewer as flashbacks, that serve as an important stylistic device. We accompany Jost from adolescence to old age and share his experience of the landmarks and far-reaching twists of fate during his lifetime.
Music and tonal stimuli function as the key to Jost’s memories. The audio is visualized in the form of scientific experiments that can be found in nature. The film may seem very experimental and, at some points, follow Terence Malick’s “The Tree of Life”. The long pan shots, symbolic images, intense expressions of the actors and actresses, all conveyed by a single female voice, guide us through the story. In some of the memories, we clearly hear brief dialogues. The male voice represents the main protagonist, Jost, and the female voice his wife Liz.
The memories we amass during the countless events of our lifetimes merge into an enormous single memory, with the result that we can no longer recall them individually. Memories allow us to embark on mental journeys through our subjective perceptions of past, present and future. This particular form of mental time travel enables the “bearer” of episodic memory (the “self”) to access distant “thought” memories and think about future experiences through autonoetic consciousness.