What a beautiful film and what a creative document. Thank you, Mubi, this is why I am here. To be challenged to reconsider what film can be, what human poetry can be, what it can mean to spend part of my life watching films. I think Bruce Baillie would appreciate this work of art.
I'm usually fine with slow movies, observing people's daily lives. But this was tedium personified. It looks like the camera was plonked down and forgotten about, so a lot of the shots are of peoples' backs. Pretty pointless really which was a shame, I would have liked more picking out of conversations, I'm sure interesting things went on. Although I did skip through so maybe I missed the good bits. Doubt it though.
I would say, it seems not much effort has been put into this documentary. It appears like an attempt to make a series of character (or model) studies; what does not convince me is the approach. Close ups detach a figure from the environment (artificially), which potentially has the opposite effect of what the director sought in the first place: social realism and a not-mediated representation of life.
Is movie is very boring. It consists of the expressions of the election workers day and facial expression. It’s based on the Election Day in 2016 although it’s in black and white. This film has no real plot, but to demonstrate the poll workers day. You literally just watch the workers face throughout the whole film. The camera is constantly blocked by people. This film is a big waste of time. I wouldn’t recommend it
“Instead of representing an already deciphered real, neorealism aimed at an always ambiguous, to be deciphered, real” (Deleuze). By this formal aesthetic criterion Tonsler Park is the most neorealist of films. It also manifests, in uncompromising aesthetic terms, the ontology of being black in America: struggling to assert one’s being (visible onscreen) against the imposition of non-being (made to disappear onscreen)