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Darwin (2011)

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Darwin is a documentary film about an isolated community at the end of a weathered road in Death Valley, California. Propelled from society by tragic turns, the people of Darwin (population 35) must now find ways to coexist in a place without a government, a church, jobs, or children. The near-ghost town's survival depends on a fragile, gravity-fed waterline that descends from the mountains where top-secret weapons are being tested. One 'accidental' drop of a bomb, they half-joke, could wipe out

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A dull place doesn't automatically become worthy of scrutiny when a camera lens is aimed at it.

August 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Depending on how you look at it, Darwin is either an affirmative record of proud outliers getting by on true grit or a grim snapshot of a community on its last, buckling legs.

August 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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"Darwin" is a beautiful, elegiac work with unexpected impact and meaning.

August 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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A droll and dusty portrait of a place where privacy is prized and boundaries respected.

August 11, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Refusing to patronise the participants of his film, Brandestini's use of a chilling score, beautiful photography and a keen sense of balance makes Darwin a fascinating and charming film.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

this alien landscape, shot wide by the Swiss filmmaker with an outsider's eye for the dustily hyperreal, is teeming with strange life and even stranger stories.

October 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

As Darwin shows again and again, not talking can be its own form of storytelling.

September 8, 2011 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Illuminating...To its credit, the documentary never leads viewers to laugh at the (eccentric) subjects' expense.

August 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
Movie Dearest

Atmospheric documentary set in Death Valley is surprisingly captivating.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The documentary ultimately doesn't so much flesh out its subjects as slowly tear their Band-Aids off after some administering some putatively good-natured noogies.

August 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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