Comme dans les oeuvre de Ulrich Seidl - même sl le registre est très différent - il est difficile de savoir où s'arrête le documentaire et où commence la fiction. Si j'avais acheté un DVD, j'aurai aimé prendre connaissance de l'interview du réalisateur pour savoir quelle était son intention.
Docum-drama but more documentary than drama. A real inside look at a Christian fundamentalist farming community and some of its residents in Texas. Kind of scary but I spent my summers with rough tough people and we were friends so it can be survived even if one is not rough tough. I thought the director portrayed well the level of religiosity of these people and left it up to us to decide if it was stifling or not.
Ultimately this film is dodgy, in the sense that it so artfully blurs the line between documentary and fiction that one is inevitably distracted from the ghastliness of these gun-toting fundamentalists who happily employ their children as unpaid farmhands by the charming Romeo and Juliet aspect. Reading interviews with the director, he is clearly too excited about mingling with such "interesting" folks.
I wasn't sure what to expect going into this. But the synopsis is a bit misleading. There is no budding teenage romance. More just a look at two side of country TX Christianity. I'm not sure why, but even though nothing seemed to happen in the movie, I couldn't stop watching it...
"Lights, Camera,...". Montervini forgot to add "Action". It provides a cliched impression view of what art house movies are "really like". It's everyday, mundane reality well filmed, but there is no drama. The cute people and animals kept me watching, but I was bored throughout.
Loved the film. Capturing life as it happens, and letting Sara's questioning unfold without imposing any agenda, from the side of the director. Tensions between her belief system and the need to understand life beyond such boundaries are subtle, yet extremely powerful
Alarmingly real with moments of beauty particularly the birth scene and an interesting insight into the mechanisms which hold a deeply religious family together. However was long and heavy going and hard to empathise with this young woman's angst, so was a little saddle sore myself come the end
Personally prefer Menervini's other two films over this one. Cinematography is fantastic and paints a realistic view of the characters lifestyles. Love the raw aesthetic of Menervini's films, they meander along and seem to go nowhere but still manage to hold your attention. Great trilogy.