45365 (2009)



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Shot over the course of 9 months in Sidney, Ohio, 45365 follows the lives of a cross section of the towns residents as their storylines coalesce into a mosaic of faces, places, and events. A Judge's race for re-election, the County Fair, the Barber Shop, the retirement home, a football team, a father and son, a young relationship, arrest and sentencing are all explored in this sweeping survey of life in a small town.
Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for 45365

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (9)

For the filmmakers, who wins or loses means little. The ongoing ritual of small-town American life is all.

June 15, 2010
Time Out
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What makes 45365 special is its eye for the infinite diversity within a superficially monotonous pattern.

Full Review… | June 15, 2010
Village Voice
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The first shot tells us "45365 is the zip code of the town." In this achingly beautiful film, that zip code belongs to Sidney, Ohio, a handsome town of about 20,000 residents.

Full Review… | March 31, 2010
Chicago Sun-Times
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Directors Turner Ross and Bill Ross IV, brothers and native sons of Sidney, find poetry in images of the mundane.

Full Review… | March 25, 2010
Chicago Reader
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[A] lyrical, loving documentary.

March 25, 2010
Denver Post
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Strange, disorienting and unexpectedly affectionate.

Full Review… | March 25, 2010
L.A. Weekly
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Audience Reviews for 45365


The film is so detached from its subjects and so transient in its rhythms that it left me feeling indifferent towards its observations of small town life in Ohio.

Gordon Briggs
Gordon Briggs

I was lucky enough to have Turner Ross at my screening to shed some insight into this gorgeous view of nine months in the life of Sidney, Ohio. Culminated from over 500 hours of footage and edited with a craftsman's touch, "45365" gives you a rare glimpse into the characteristics of many of the town's residents. The filmmakers, brothers Bill and Turner Ross grew up in this town and even after a lengthy stay away from it, are still given access to the bland and at times very personal moments in this small midwestern town. The film's visuals which range from poorly lit backseats to some of the lovliest images I have seen in a documentary in quite a while. You hear names repeated but the goal here is not a person by person analysis but a in depth portrait of the town as a whole. Their are moments that seem to stray into mockery but they are always matched by the residents genuine emotions and language. An astonishing debut from the Ross brothers.

Generoso Fierro
Generoso Fierro


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