A Man Named Pearl

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Though it lacks moviemaking polish, A Man Named Pearl is redeemed by the interest -- and uplift -- generated by its subject.



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A Man Named Pearl tells the inspiring story of self-taught topiary artist Pearl Fryar. It is a subtle and intriguing film that is certain to open hearts and minds. It offers an upbeat message that speaks to respect for both self and others, and shows what one person can achieve when he allows himself to share the full expression of his humanity.

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  • May 04, 2011
    Reminiscent of early Errol Morris films, "A Man Named Pearl" is an inspiring documentary about topiary gardening and how one man can affect the world around him for the better. And nowhere is that more needed than Bishopville, SC, located between Columbia and Florence, which is in the poorest county of a poor state. The solution comes in the person of Pearl Fryar, son of a sharecropper, and his impressive topiary garden, achieved without any formal training. It's a good thing because then he might have realized what he was doing was impossible. People come in buses to see his garden which brings tourist dollars to the area and in return, he brings his gardens to downtown. All of which at the age of 66 makes him the unlikeliest of sex symbols. Pearl, who happens to be black, is surprised that his best friend is the daughter of a lawyer and a lot of his friends shown are white while all of his neighbors are black. Even though Pearl's hero is Jackie Robinson, who would have thought we would be talking about segregation in the twenty-first century?
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 28, 2009
    A simple straightforward U.S documentary about Pearl Fryar, family man, amateur gardener and visionnary. He started small, aiming to win best heighbourhood garden, and just kept going until X years later and the film shows what he created in all its unique beauty. With everbody around him now jumping enthusiastically on the commerical bandwagon.. in particular the local reverend making sure God gets most of the credit.... Pearl just keeps quietly doing what he's always done, trimming those hedges. <img src="http://keithrichardson.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/Pearl-Fryar-garden-225x300.jpg">
    Lesley N Super Reviewer

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