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361 Ratings

Putty Hill

Directed by Matthew Porterfield
United States, 2010


A young man’s untimely death unites a fractured family and their community through shared memory and loss.

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Putty Hill Directed by Matthew Porterfield

Critics reviews

Putty Hill is an expression of pronounced locality: in its regional intimacy and lucid delineation of both public and private space, it proves itself authentically grounded in something real, not only firmly situated in a neighborhood but, more significantly, committed to conveying the lived experience of those who live there.
October 03, 2013
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Putty Hill has almost the breadth and range of a classic Robert Altman film and almost the intense formalism of, say, Godard’s 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her, but all of it compressed into less than 90 minutes and focused on a nearly invisible corner of an unglamorous city. For all the film’s formal innovation, what comes through most strongly is its emotional honesty in portraying wounded characters who are neither victims nor anthropological specimens.
November 08, 2011
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