Nearly every film has one: a climactic scene in which everything around the hero slows down. There might be slow running, slow falling, or even the squint of slow recognition, each meant to signal a moment in which something is about to change. In The Matrix, which features one of the most famous slow-mo scenes in movie history, Keanu Reeves’ Neo manipulates time to dodge a spray of bullets coming at him. Directors use this technique to heighten the emotion This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Five Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 49 Karin Mamma Andersson Inside the moody, mysterious world of Sweden’s preeminent painter. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Jenny Odell The acclaimed author in search of lost time. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Amalie Smith The Danish arts writer finding clarity between the lines. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Ryan Heffington Meet the man bringing choreography, community and queer joy to the desert. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Nell Wulfhart Advice from a decision coach. Arts & Culture Fashion Issue 49 A World of Difference A fun lesson in cultural faux pas.