Herman's House

2013

Herman's House (2013)

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The injustice of solitary confinement and the transformative power of art are explored in a new feature documentary from first-time director Angad Singh Bhalla. Herman's House follows the unlikely friendship between visual artist Jackie Sumell and Herman Wallace, one of America's most famous inmates, as they collaborate on an unprecedented - and widely acclaimed - art installation. (c) First Run

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Bhalla builds a damning picture of what's happening to Wallace. But he avoids pure rant ...

Apr 19, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Although this documentary has a powerful political subtext, it is best described as a conceptual art piece about confinement, attached to a dual biography of the artist and the prisoner.

Apr 18, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5

The contrasting demeanors of its two main characters give Herman's House its spark, but the movie has some pungent moments without them.

Apr 18, 2013 | Full Review…
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This moving but sketchy documentary fails to explore its provocative issues in fully satisfying fashion.

Apr 18, 2013 | Full Review…

It's an absorbing, prickly tale, which Bhalla doesn't tell as coherently as he could have-oddly fitting, considering this is a story about frustrated ambitions and unfulfilled potential.

Apr 16, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Against the prospect of unhappy endings, the human spirit still strives.

Apr 16, 2013 | Full Review…

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