Foreign Parts

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A hidden enclave in the shadow of the New York Mets' new stadium, the neighborhood of Willets Point is an industrial zone fated for demolition. Filled with scrapyards and auto salvage shops, lacking sidewalks or sewage lines, the area seems ripe for urban development. But Foreign Parts discovers a strange community where wrecks, refuse and recycling form a thriving commerce. Cars are stripped, sorted and cataloged by brand and part, then resold to an endless parade of drive-thru customers. Joe, the last original resident, rages and rallies through the street like a lost King Lear, trying to contest his imminent eviction. Two lovers, Sara and Luis, struggle for food and safety through the winter while living in an abandoned van. Julia, the homeless queen of the junkyard, exalts in her beatific visions of daily life among the forgotten. The film observes and captures the struggle of a contested "eminent domain" neighborhood before its disappearance under the capitalization of New York's urban ecology. -- (C) Official Site

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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

  • A busy, complicated world within the space of few unlovely city blocks.

    Mar 10, 2011 | Rating: 4/5
  • The observational spirit of Frederick Wiseman hangs over the initial scenes of Verena Paravel and J.P. Sniadecki's heartbreaking doc about the auto shops and junkyards of Willets Point, Queens.

    Mar 9, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Keith Uhlich

    Time Out
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  • Foreign Parts engages in sociological inquiry without narration or contextual handholding, utilizing incisive, striking aesthetics (a panorama of hanging side mirrors, worn shoes trudging through grimy puddles) to elicit potent subcultural immersion.

    Mar 8, 2011 | Full Review…
  • ... a work of salvage anthropology that never insists on any particular kind of political stance until after the full reality of what they've recorded and subsequently edited has settled in.

    Oct 2, 2017 | Full Review…
  • These are good people, rough-edged but pleasant, depicted while not romanticized.

    Jan 19, 2012 | Full Review…

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