The Other Side (Louisiana) (2016)
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Look away at your own peril.
Minervini has captured a segment of American society too often ignored and mocked, but sometimes he's overtaken by the urge to romanticize decrepitude.
In the end, the power of Minervini's pseudo-fiction gives way to a much blander version of pseudo-reality.
Miraculously [manages] to find a serene beauty amid so much desperation and squalor, honoring its characters without letting them off easy.
It's ultimately hard to tell if the movie is trying to render its subjects with some humanity or otherwise if it's taking advantage of all these poor, beautiful losers.
An immersive, almost harrowingly naturalistic plunge into the lives of marginal Louisianans obsessed with guns, drugs and belligerent resentments.
The Other Side is meant to be a documentary but sometimes feels like a well-crafted melodrama.
Cowriter (with Denise Ping Lee)/director Roberto Minervini has found a forgotten pocket of America that exemplifies the rage evident in the 2016 presidential race and, at least in the section devoted to Mark, it is a surprisingly complex picture.
It's like Larry Clark with stakes, with a beating heart, or Harmony Korine with candor instead of vaudeville. Whatever the mix of truth to fiction, a sense of authenticity pervades each gesture.
It's the little details that hit the hardest in Roberto Minervini's new documentary The Other Side-an exploration of extreme poverty in northern Louisiana .
If you want to get a sense of that broader spectrum -- and of some of the most exciting, unnerving filmmaking being done in the United States -- see The Other Side. And come to understand just how apt its title is.
Minervini's movie is a reality show, but one busy challenging our presumptions, not validating our isolation.
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