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The Ending and Sound Quality Keep It From 5 Stars
on February 16, 2013
Saw this film on IFC years ago and found it again recently. I'm not sure why this little gem ends so suddenly and unexpectedly without even a decent fade out. It just seems to end in the middle of one of the story/interviews and really doesn't go back to cap off any of the other stories or offer any kind of wrap up. It just STOPS! And that really hurts the flow of this otherwise wonderful documentary. The other star gets taken because you really have to turn your volume up to hear everything and its doubly frustrating because parts of the film really do rely on the sound being excellent quality, which is lacking. It also doesn't help because some of the dialect used is a little difficult to understand and the muddled sound confuses things said even more.
I don't agree with many of the other reviews relating to its making fun of people or being mean spirited. In fact, I think that this film should be in the National Film Preservation Registry for its capture of a culture and way of life that is rapidly fading, if not gone already, slice of American humanity.
If one choses to see these people as ignorant and uneducated, and thus funny, rather than seeing them as totally connected to their home and place in ways that no college or school could ever instill, then the point is missed here, I think.
Still, this is a great documentary that doesn't need a storyline or plot because it is what it is.