Hale County This Morning, This Evening (2018)
Critic Reviews for Hale County This Morning, This Evening
It's not every day that you witness a new cinematic language being born, but watching RaMell Ross's evocatively titled documentary Hale County, This Morning, This Evening qualifies.
This is Ross's method throughout Hale County-to capture and then assemble moments that seem as if they were all witnessed on-the-fly as opposed to contrived for effect, and let the finished product stand as both tapestry and testament.
Ross never makes anything explicit. Instead, he invites the viewer to make connections, sense the bigger picture from the shattered shards that he makes visible.
One of the remarkable things about the film's offhand sense of intimacy is that it emerges from such a diverse shooting style.
The doc is more invested in mourners after a burial than in immediate reactions or big events. This is a story made of the in-between pieces of stories.
Hale Country works best in its quietest moments, when Ross allows his audience just to sit and engage with the subjects. When he zooms in, forcing us to take in one particular frame instead of everything around us, the poetry of the film is elevated.
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