General Orders No. 9 (2011)

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One last trip down the rabbit hole before it's paved over. A deep geography. What is above and what is below. What came before and what will come after. Agrarian fantasies, sacrificial rites, and excavations. A story told with maps, dreams, and prayers. A map lesson in three parts. A history of the State of Georgia - or Anywhere. General Orders No. 9 is an epic meditation of the American South, a natural history of flora and fauna, of material culture and public space. It is an articulation of "a world entire", a world of surreal and hermetic atmosphere. It is a prayer of deep emotion and a prophecy of a terminal future. -- (C) Official Site
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Documentary , Special Interest
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Cast

William Davidson
as Narrator

Critic Reviews for General Orders No. 9

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7)

Persons' short quasi-documentary doesn't offer specific solutions to toxic modernity, but the film itself is a temporary fix for fallen spirits.

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

An intimate, meticulously crafted meditation on the impact of civilization on the natural and spiritual landscape of the American South.

Full Review… | November 10, 2011
Seattle Times
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"General Orders No. 9" is a tone poem laid over 72 minutes' worth of images, many of them lovely, and is, as its press material says, "unlike any film you have ever seen."

Full Review… | June 23, 2011
New York Times
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The type of film that demands viewers to submerge themselves in it like a pool of water -- anything less, and it will seem hopelessly abstract.

Full Review… | June 23, 2011
AV Club
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General Orders No. 9 strains for elegiac profundity and ends up as bad, backward-looking poetry.

Full Review… | June 21, 2011
Time Out
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This naturalist reflection on a violated world is a little too high on its own holiness, but it introduces a new filmmaker with a distinctive sensibility.

Full Review… | June 21, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
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Audience Reviews for General Orders No. 9

Great film, that has rightfully won a lot of awards on the festival circuit. Beautiful, mesmerizing and a wholly different film than any you'll see anytime this year, in the best way possible.

Brian Newman
Brian Newman
½

Rambling, self-important, pseudo-spiritual documentary on the state of Georgia that plays out like a narrated slideshow. Some beautiful images are quickly swallowed up by its aimless, repetitive nature, and it never establishes a clear focus.

Matthew Lucas
Matthew Lucas

Super Reviewer

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