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Werner Herzog's reputation as a cinematic adventurer has already inspired one indie project: Zak Penn's wacky Incident at Loch Ness (2004), a mockumentary in which Herzog sets out to make a movie about the Loch Ness Monster and Penn, as the movie's producer, tries to amp up the commercial appeal. Now Herzog's stories 1974 walk from Munich to Paris to visit an ailing Lotte Eisner has spawned Walking to Werner, a wooly picaresque in which video maker Linas Phillips travels on foot from Seattle to Herzog's home in LA, even after learning that Herzog is in Thailand (shooting Rescue Dawn). Phillips is a lot better at walking than talking, and his musings seem especially insipid intercut with audio clips of Herzog's sage observations. As Phillips pushes south he encounters some profound and freaky people, but they're not enough to elevate his film above a careerist stunt. 93 min.

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