A documentary exploring the rise and fall of Detroit. Compiling historical footage and interviews with the city’s residents, this meditative documentary looks at a city reclaimed by nature and resettled by 21st century urban pioneers.
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The poetry of post-rapture emptiness is simply stunning. Yes, probably there are other Detroit-themed films with a more hands-on approach to storytelling but this is a city symphony at its' best, on a par with the 1920s' greats. One can only hope that Florent Tillon's career is long and lucrative and he'll be able to cover a lot of ground — literally.
i've spent lots of time in detroit, and watched many movies on detroit, and this is the only one that is not either too apocalyptic or too utopic. it's beautiful, both aesthetically and humanistically, and i'd say it covers the biggest challenges, characteristics, and hopes of the city. two thumbs up.
Uno espera ver en un documental mas información del tema tratado que el que aqui se hace. Tampoco un tratado sesudo pero si algo mas que las imágenes. Lo mejor son las impresionantes imágenes de la ciudad desierta y los edificios abandonados, pero falta que nos enseñe el día a día de esa ciudad, para comprobar si esa ciudad fantasma que dibuja es así en realidad y a todas horas. Nota: 5
This movie lacks a strong narration.But, it glimpses into this post apocalyptic, post-modern Detroit (in the most literal sense possible). The shots are not great, de found footage is ok, but the pace lacks of rythm... its not just slow, but it is not a heavy slowness such as that one of Bela Tarr for example...
(It sheds a little light though... and shares the will to shoot a movie on this subject)
Tillon combines stunning cinematography with strong characters (both human and architectural) to create a documentary that generates awe in the viewer. The film does a fine job of creating a strong sense of the magnitude of Detroit's decline from a bustling manufacturing powerhouse to post-industrial basket case. Worth watching for the film's beauty alone, it also provokes thought on a number of levels.
A tale of the industrial city. The documentary emphasizes the failure of the project thought to Detroit. In the meantime it explores how people are reinvent life at this ghost city. Then farming and recycling is shown as the major strategies in place. I highlight the Detroit "thinker" interviewed whom gives us great insights about the evolving city psychology.
Beautifully shot. Tragically true to life - As a native midwesterner, dwc, for me, is a painful reminder of Michigan's reputation as the poorest and most crime-ridden major American city..... but then the gentle humanistic conveyance of sustainable hopefuls left me a sense of pride as Detroit soldiers on despite shocking adversity.