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 47 Alice Sheppard On dance as a channel to commune with the body—even when it hurts. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Dr. Woo Meet the tattoo artist who's inked LA. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Walt Odets The author and clinical psychologist on why self-acceptance is the key to a gay man's well-being. Arts & Culture Fashion Issue 47 A Picture of Health Xiaopeng Yuan photographs the world’s weirdest wellness cures. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Chani Nicholas and Sonya Passi Inside the astrology company on a mission to prove workplace well-being is more than a corporate tagline. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Julia Bainbridge On the life-enhancing potential of not drinking alcohol.