Tchoupitoulas (2012)



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TCHOUPITOULAS is a lyrical documentary that follows three adolescent brothers as they journey through one night in New Orleans, encountering a vibrant kaleidoscope of dancers, musicians, hustlers, and revelers parading through the lamplit streets. The filmmakers fully immerse us into the New Orleans night, passing through many lively and luminous locations and introducing us to the people who make the city their home. (c) Oscilloscope

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By: , ,
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On DVD: Apr 29, 2013
Box Office: $10.4k
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Critic Reviews for Tchoupitoulas

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (9)

The city's seedy charm has not often been captured so atmospherically.

Full Review… | January 17, 2013
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The film can be seen as simply a kind of impressionistic travelogue, but it slowly and irresistibly conveys that we're also seeing a rite of passage.

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
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"Tchoupitoulas" is a jewel-bright whoosh of a ride through nighttime New Orleans.

Full Review… | December 20, 2012
Los Angeles Times
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It is alive with the risk and curiosity of youth, and unapologetic in insisting that the pursuit of fun can be a profound and transformative experience.

Full Review… | December 6, 2012
New York Times
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The Rosses are happy to trade cohesion for a rich, varied immersion in New Orleans nightlife. It's less a documentary than a feature-length vibe.

Full Review… | December 6, 2012
AV Club
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Questions about the literal truth of Tchoupitoulas are thorny and perhaps besides the point. After all, the filmmakers aren't hiding the artifice.

Full Review… | December 5, 2012
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Tchoupitoulas

Documentary following three boys who miss the ferry home and are stranded alone in New Orleans overnight. An abstract tribute to childhood wonder; nine year old William, a curious dreamer and budding poet, becomes more interesting than the carnival city and its street performers.

Greg S

Super Reviewer


"Tchoupitoulas" is an engaging blend of documentary and fiction, set around three brothers, Bryan, Kentrell and William, and their dog, as they take the ferry across the Mississippi for a nighttime visit to New Orleans, especially the French Quarter, with a special emphasis on food and music, both of which resplendent. Events flow naturally through the night smoothly with the boys enjoying their adventures. The only exception to that is the mad dash for the last ferry which definitely feels staged. And seeing as there are things too adult for their young eyes, the movie goes off on its own to explore the ladies of burlesque, some times getting a little too distracted for its own good.

Of the three boys, we get to know William the best through his thoughts and dreams, in his case winning six Super Bowl rings. Unlike other kids of his age, he seems genuinely interested in playing the recorder which is usually just foisted onto all children, comparing notes with a young flutist at one point.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

A dreamy document of 3 young boys adventure into the vibrant and sometimes seedy nightlife of N'awlins.

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