A radically graceful non-judgmental grassroots flick about the lives of a Baltimore community dealing with death and daily life. Left a very strong but quiet impact on me. Would make a great double bill with Streetwise.
It started promising, but later on I didn't find any pleasure in the pseudo-documentary, arty clumsiness of this film. The result is a fake naturalism that only pretends to point to social problems and dislocations.
The silence or the lack of dialogs would only have been good to this movie, as Sharunas Bartas did in his best films: no waste with narrative. But the paucity of fictional and documentary notes exhausts what could have been a beautiful look on a community. Like this, remains a jaded "indie" film, with a considerable attention to nature and the movement of natural light. A step back regarding "Hamilton".
I really believe in this kind of cinema. This thin line between reality and fiction it fascinates me and intrigues me. It is felt the influence by Pedro Costa, but Porterfield uses this type of mechanism to express a true American spirit. Sky Ferreira was surprisingly good and it has a beautiful end.
strangely fascinating mixture of documentary & fiction, YES,because everyone doesnt seem to know much about the dead boy, but rather talking about their experiences with previous death and funerals. Beautifully shot and composed, it's like the Citizen Kane of our time.
Odd mix of faux-documentary and mumblecore looks at how the death of a local teenager affects and entire town. Odd mix of faux-documentary and mumblecore looks at how the death of a local teenager affects and entire town.Its strange mix of styles is more off-putting than involving. The mumblecore masquerading as documentary feels forced rather than fluid.