Narcose by Julie Gautier featuring Guillaume Néry

Four years ago, I posted a video of a free dive at Dean's Blue Hole by world champion freediver Guillaume Néry. It is a stunning video and one of the most popular pages on this blog.

Yesterday I received an email from Guillaume Néry informing me about a new short film, Narcose written and directed by his wife Julie Gautier. The film is based on real hallucinations experienced by Néry during his deep dives. 

"When Guillaume started to tell me about his visions during his deep dives I immediatly strated to picture it in my mind as a beautifull visual experience whith a strong artistic potencial. Four years of reflexion, three weeks of shooting, one month of post production and Narcose is born." via Julie Gautier.

It's a slightly eerie, but beautiful short film which really should be watched on a big screen. For now, just expand this on your screen, switch of the lights and turn up the volume. (Warning: there is some nudity between minutes 8.30-9.30.)

Deep water freediving 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 short film relates the interior journey of Guillaume Néry, the apnea world champion, during one of his deep water dives. It draws its inspiration from his physical experience and the narrative of his hallucinations.