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464 Ratings

The Other Side

Directed by Roberto Minervini
Italy, France, 2015
Drama, Documentary


Disarmed veterans, taciturn adolescents or drug addicts live in an invisible territory at the margins of society, at the border between anarchy and illegality, trying to respond to a threat: of being forgotten by political institutions and having their rights as citizens trampled.

Our take

After his Texas Trilogy delineated his immersive style of hybrid docudrama, Minervini ventures to Louisiana in this bifurcated depiction of disenfranchisement. At first an effort to achieve some sort of fellow-feeling, The Other Side astutely documents a certain recent turn in American politics.

The Other Side Directed by Roberto Minervini
His working method is immersive and total. In order to shoot, Minervini had to abolish any distance, any barrier between himself and his characters.
December 20, 2018
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Seen today, post-election, the film just feels like a full-on document of today’s America, bald-faced, shameless, and tragic. And what’s miraculous is that despite all the hate-mongering and simmering violence on display, The Other Side is ultimately full of compassion and love for its wayward souls.
January 16, 2017
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This is direct cinema at its most unnerving, providing an all-too-close look at the lower depths of modern American society.
July 22, 2016
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