An associative journey through the U.S.A.: a disillusioned Iraq veteran, gay adoptive fathers, black judges, white party animals and a pimp at a casino table in Las Vegas. A fragmented and haunting image of the US between a spirit of departure and hopelessness at the beginning of the Obama era.
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Timing is everything! Another fascinating doco from Beckermann at the point when Obama was first elected but the scope is so big a 2-hour film can't do justice to the vast country or its diverse inhabitants. Fascinating but frustrating.
Beckermann at her most Wiseman, taking a kaleidoscopic wide-ranging look at an enormous subject. Combines the travelogue Passage to the Orient with the subtle politcal undercurrent of Homemad(e), but the film is too scattered to be fully satsifying. There are often great moments here and there, though, especially the focus on Vegas towards the end. And what a fascinating time capsule of America pre-Trump.
As someone who had a similar American odyssey, I commend her camera's relentless eye, and her capacity to access these American stories, with their fascinating protagonists, warts and all. This was America at the advent of Obama, so Trump - well, you decide for yourself. However, the documentary is too shapeless, to involve you entirely.