Into Eternity (NC)

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The Independent Culture

Try getting your head around this. The Onkalo facility on the west coast of Finland has been designed to keep safe spent nuclear fuel – for the next 100,000 years.

That's longer even than Joan Collins could survive. Michael Madsen's documentary is not an environmental hand-wringer but a quietly philosophical meditation on time and infinity. When you consider the tiny span of humankind's existence thus far, the idea of making safety provisions for a future we may not even be around for is, well, mind-boggling. The various engineers and scientists interviewed about the facility sound quite stoical, though they too are mostly whistling in the dark.