Bombay Beach (2011)

Bombay Beach

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True to her roots as a photographer, video artist, and music video director, Alma Har'el crafts an adamantly atypical and artistically innovative film telling the story of of three protagonists: Benny Parrish, a young boy diagnosed with bipolar disorder whose troubled soul and vivid imagination create both suffering and joy for him and his complex and loving family. CeeJay Thompson, a black teenager and aspiring football player who has taken refuge in Bombay Beach hoping to avoid the same fate … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 16, 2012
Runtime:
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Cast


as Benny Parrish

as Pamela Parrish

as Mike Parrish

as Doran "Red" Furgie

as Cedric Thompson

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Critic Reviews for Bombay Beach

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (12)

"Bombay Beach" is an oasis of creativity in the documentary landscape.

Full Review… | April 13, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Har'el's film is at times bizarrely uplifting, at others crushingly sad...

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
Time Out
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That it documents rural poverty in the American West without exploiting or sanctifying its subjects would be cause enough for praise. But this doesn't begin to approach what Alma Har'el pulls off with her hybrid doc knockout Bombay Beach.

Full Review… | November 2, 2011
Village Voice
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More lyrical tone poem than straightforward documentary.

Full Review… | October 21, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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You either like this kind of ambitious, brave, borderless experiment or you don't, and I think it's absolutely magical and tragic.

Full Review… | October 13, 2011
Salon.com
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While stand-alone scenes leave strong impressions, the recurring strands simply aren't compelling

Full Review… | October 13, 2011
Variety
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Audience Reviews for Bombay Beach

½

Arty documentary focusing on three subjects---a troubled and over-medicated young boy, a football-playing teen transplant fleeing gang violence in L.A., and a crusty old cigarette bootlegger---in decaying Salton Sea, CA, an impoverished desert burg. Inconclusive but impressive chronicle of the lives of outcasts in one of the last places in America where it's still possible to live as an individual. The soundtrack by Beruit and Bob Dylan helps a lot.

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