Bisbee '17 (2017)
Critic Reviews for Bisbee '17
In "Bisbee '17," Greene peels the layers of oblivion off history like so many layers of paint.
The result is a singularly American riff on The Act of Killing, a fascinating and dream-like mosaic that's less driven by residual anger than by cockeyed concern, less interested in exhuming the past than in revealing its value to the present.
A bracing documentary that blends fiction and reality in ways that both complicate and enhance the material's core themes.
[Greene's] intense focus on individuals can feel limiting in terms of the overall truth-and-reconciliation dynamic, but it also leads to some powerful moments. And the story's contemporary resonance couldn't be clearer.
The movie sometimes feels overlong and repetitive in its buildup to the reenactment, but becomes absolutely mesmerizing as the centennial of the deportation arrives and the event commences.
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