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A very revealing film,
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This review is from: Skins (DVD)
I recently saw this film and must say that it has become one of my all-time favorite movies, solely for the realisitic portrayal it gives of today's reservations.
Contrary to the report given by an earlier reviewer, Pine Ridge is in SOUTH Dakota, not North. I grew up in South Dakota nearly all my life, and I taught at an Indian school. I saw, sometimes first hand, what the reservation life entailed, and it was depressing. This movie does a good job of encompassing one of the reservation's most prevalent threats at this time: alcoholism.
I've been a fan of Graham Greene ever since Dances With Wolves, although I don't consider that movie a stellar example of historically accurate film making.
For the past few years, I've read about the debate regarding the liquor stores in White Clay, NE. Although I realize that those people may be making a tidy profit off the Indians in Pine Ridge, people must realize that alcoholics will drive ANY distance to get their booze -- White Clay and further. You cannot blame the store owners for providing the booze. You're blaming the wrong people.
For those who don't see the significance of the bear trap scene: I think it is a statement about the current climate of the reservations, the way native people turn against each other in today's depressing reservations. The alcoholism has brought in crime and distrust among the people of the reservations, and it's startling to see the decline.
I gave this film 4 out of 5 stars only because I found the scenes with the main character (Eric Schweig) having an affair as distracting and not relevant. It seems to me as if there should have been more to that story, but there wasn't.
All in all, I would highly recommend this story to anyone interested in Native American history, or in the history of the United States in general.