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.

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A dull place doesn't automatically become worthy of scrutiny when a camera lens is aimed at it.

Aug 24, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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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.

Aug 24, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"Darwin" is a beautiful, elegiac work with unexpected impact and meaning.

Aug 19, 2011 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

A droll and dusty portrait of a place where privacy is prized and boundaries respected.

Aug 11, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5

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.

Oct 18, 2011 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 17, 2011 | Full Review…

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