Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts (2013)
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Trials and tribulations in myriad forms are at the center of all five Oscar-nominated documentary short films this year.
As unreliable as the Academy Awards may be at every possible level, it's a relief to encounter the 2013 Oscar-nominated shorts ...
If you come to have your eyes opened to tales of human suffering and resilience, you stand to get more than your money's worth.
The documentary program is almost entirely devoted to well-intentioned presentations of bad news about the world.
Unfortunately, this year's nonfiction crop largely underlines the limitations of movies with big subjects but compact running times.
Audience Reviews for Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts
On the whole an okay selection. The most moving was MONDAYS AT RACINE. I don't know why exactly, but the pain these ordinary women felt while getting their heads shaved touched me. The most interesting was REDEMPTION. Seeing people subsist largely or even entirely on nickels from bottles and cans was fascinating. If I were to pick one of these for an Oscar it would be this one. The one they will probably pick is INOCENTE, about an often homeless girl artist and her strained relationship with her illegal alien mother. It was okay. KINGS POINT was better. The dramas of old Floridians is sustainable for 50 minutes, but no more. OPEN HEART was okay, but not gripping. Sick kids should be, and Africa is an exciting and exotic locale, but the kids did not SEEM sick, and much of the time was spent in a nice Western-style (and financed) hospital.
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