Nick Bentgen
United States, 105 min

In a remote corner of Michigan, in the northeastern United States, work is hard to find. The men cling to their passion for racing snowmobiles or cars; the women are housewives, supermarket employees or bodybuilders. "We decided to craft an observational film that tracks the intertwining lives of these three families – no interviews, no explanations, just the drama of life unfolding in the present tense. They allowed us to create an emotional film that immerses the viewer in the changing lives of working-class Americans" (Nick Bentgen). In this impressionist portrait, magnified by its photography, the camera lingers on faces and bodies, as if on the parts of a whole: a province removed from the world, a hostile countryside that stretches forever. The chiseled and elliptic montage cuts, alternates and enlarges; and the dialogues, caught in snippets, are indicative above all. A powerful and musical construction, like the movements of a symphony, following the cycle of the seasons, responds to this fragmentary art. An intimate fresco with epic qualities.

Alessia Bottani

Trailer

Duration
105 min
Year
2013
Country
United States
Section
Cinquante
Language
English
Subtitle
French
Production
Lisa Kjerulff
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