Movie InfoYears ago, Medora was a booming rural community with prosperous farms, an automotive parts factory, a brick plant, and a thriving middle class. The factories have since closed, crippling Medora's economy and its pride. The population has slowly dwindled to around 500 people. Drug use is common, the school faces consolidation, and as one resident put it, "This town's on the ropes." Medora follows the down-but-not-out Medora Hornets varsity basketball team over the course of the 2011 season, capturing the players' stories both on and off the court. The Hornets were riding a brutal losing streak when we arrived, and the team's struggle to compete bears eerie resonances with the town's fight for survival. Medora is an in-depth, deeply personal look at small-town life, a thrilling, underdog basketball story, and an inspiring tale of a community refusing to give up hope despite the brutal odds stacked against them. On a grander scale, it's a film about America, and the thousands of small towns across the country facing the same fight. As one towns-person told us, "Once we lose these small towns, we can't get them back." (c) Official Site … More
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Critic Reviews for Medora
Filmmakers Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart deliver a bleakly potent portrait of life in an economically devastated Middle American town.
Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart's doc, exec-produced by Steve Buscemi and Stanley Tucci, is one more sad, serious eulogy for a way of life.
It's utterly impossible not to pull for these boys, or for a film that sees them as complex individuals rather than sociological evidence.
This stellar, incisive slice-of-life doc centers on the kind of crowd-pleasing competition story that lures in audiences and then lays bare heartsick truths about small-town America today.
A measured but emotionally effective gut-punch lament for the death rattle of small town America, as told through the prism of a hapless Indiana high school basketball team.
Medora provides a sweet, small tale of survival, not just of a high school basketball team, but of a town trying not to get eaten up by supposed progress.
It's a show of great empathy and hopefulness on Cohn and Rothbart's part...But it's also a formula finish for a story that's still ongoing.
Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart's debut documentary feature is an evocative portrait of a small town in crisis. Too bad the basketball stuff keeps getting in the way.
It feels as if it set out to be an inspirational story about an underdog team beating the odds, but instead of giving color to the story, the filmmakers presented it with black-and-white ideas.
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