2014, Debra Granik, USA, 98 min.
- Fri, Sep 4th 8:15pm
- Sat, Sep 5th 7:45pm
- Thu, Sep 10th 6:00pm
"A portrait of compassion and understanding, the likes of which I'm simply not used to seeing on screen... There are moments when the emotion is almost too much to observe, let alone experience." — Steve Prokopy, Gapers Block
"Powerful, implicit challenge to the lazy habit of looking at American life through polarized red-and blue-tinted lenses.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Still under the spell of the Ozarks and the ragged rural culture of Southern Missouri, Oscar-nominated writer-director Granik (WINTER’S BONE) returns to that remote, baffling region for a documentary portrait of grizzled Vietnam vet Ron Hall (who had a small part in WINTER’S BONE as a rural gangster). Easy assumptions about redneck life and politics are dashed in the face of the reality of this leather-clad biker, gun owner, and trailer park manager dedicated to the cause of POWs. Shadowing Hall and his devoted Mexican wife over a year, Granik finds a man scarred by guilt for his actions in Vietnam, but embodying a generous spirit of compassion and acceptance for all in his diverse sphere of influence. DCP digital. (BS)