Lost in Time reflects Bernatchez’s longstanding preoccupations with time’s inexorable passage, as well as with such inextricably related issues as decay, death, and renewal. For this film, the artist collaborated with composers, filmmakers, photographers, and even a watchmaker, who together helped him to manifest its epic, austere visions. Dominated by chilly tones of black, white, and gray, it is set in a snow-blanketed, arctic environment. A masked horse and rider struggle through this unforgiving landscape, which seems to encase time itself within its frozen topography, or, perhaps, to be timeless. These landscape scenes are intercut with those shot inside a grim scientific laboratory, where a huge block of ice slowly melts. We can only wonder at the secrets it will eventually release—matter, potentially, from ages past. Overlaid onto these hallucinatory images is a soundtrack of music mixed with strains of a lecture by the French philosopher and neurobiologist Henri Laborit, who muses on such weighty topics as decline, fear, and death.