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Filmmaker Marilyn Ness gains extraordinary access to her subjects and apparently their trust.
It's a stark perspective on how money and policies have failed the city's poorest.
Even when the epidemic of violence touches a beloved character, Ness' careful quilting of compassion and action across her years of filming suggests a fight that won't diminish for these citizens.
The film captures up close the way violence transforms neighborhoods and families with an immediacy that transcends headlines or sensationalism.
Despite its dreary outlook, the film does offer a semblance of hope in the generosity, good humor and tenacious sang-froid of the people it portrays.
It all adds up to an even-handed issue film featuring those who are working to change the face of one of the U.S.'s most violent cities.
Charm City hits with the bracingly real force and honesty of Frederick Wiseman film. It's exceptionally well edited, with all three aspects of Baltimore life depicted in both positive and negative lights, but nothing here is being skewed.
With equal doses of hope and despair, this gritty and provocative verite-style documentary chronicles life on the streets of contemporary Baltimore.
...[a] disturbing and defiant documentary. Thoroughly involving and moving Charm City is both oddly inspirational and nightmarish in its raw presentation. Ness oversees a different kind of horror show...
[Charm City] helps the viewer imagine a future that doesn't require a massive armed police presence to make neighborhoods like Rose Street safer.
Gritty and ultra-real look at the present day inner city. No flinching in this one.
It's a powerful movie ... because it raises a myriad of issues, asks a lot of questions, offers some contrasting opinions, and then lets the viewer decide.
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