Darwin (2011)




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Darwin is a documentary film about an isolated community at the end of a weathered road in Death Valley, California. Propelled from society by tragic turns, the people of Darwin (population 35) must now find ways to coexist in a place without a government, a church, jobs, or children. The near-ghost town's survival depends on a fragile, gravity-fed waterline that descends from the mountains where top-secret weapons are being tested. One 'accidental' drop of a bomb, they half-joke, could wipe out their entire town.
Art House & International , Documentary , Drama , Special Interest
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A dull place doesn't automatically become worthy of scrutiny when a camera lens is aimed at it.

Full Review… | August 23, 2012
Toronto Star
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Depending on how you look at it, Darwin is either an affirmative record of proud outliers getting by on true grit or a grim snapshot of a community on its last, buckling legs.

Full Review… | August 23, 2012
Globe and Mail
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"Darwin" is a beautiful, elegiac work with unexpected impact and meaning.

Full Review… | August 18, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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A droll and dusty portrait of a place where privacy is prized and boundaries respected.

August 11, 2011
New York Times
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Refusing to patronise the participants of his film, Brandestini's use of a chilling score, beautiful photography and a keen sense of balance makes Darwin a fascinating and charming film.

Full Review… | October 18, 2011

this alien landscape, shot wide by the Swiss filmmaker with an outsider's eye for the dustily hyperreal, is teeming with strange life and even stranger stories.

Full Review… | October 17, 2011
Eye for Film

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