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It's hard not to hear echoes of similarly desperate stories, but Holler drowns them out with strong performances and palpable empathy. Read critic reviews

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In a forgotten pocket of Southern Ohio where American manufacturing and opportunity are dying up, a determined young woman finds a ticket out when she is accepted to college. Alongside her older brother, Ruth Avery joins a dangerous scrap metal crew in order to pay her way. Together, they spend one brutal winter working the scrap yards during the day and stealing valuable metal from the once thriving factories at night. With her goal in sight, Ruth finds that the ultimate cost for an education for a girl like her may be more than she bargained for, and she soon finds herself torn between a promising future and the family she would leave behind.

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Gus Halper
Blaze
Austin Amelio
Hark
Trevor Evans
Pudge
Christy Spitzer
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Critic Reviews for Holler

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  • A modest classic -- hopefully the first of many from a major new voice in American cinema.

    June 11, 2021 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • An unflinching autobiographical work about what it takes to lift oneself out of this marginalized life.

    June 11, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Holler is a compassionate film, and a worthwhile one, even if Riegel gets her points across bluntly.

    June 10, 2021 | Full Review…
  • For all the scenes of desperate people doing desperate things in order to stave off literal starvation while working dead-end or downright criminal jobs, Riegel somehow manages to imply short, sharp shock of actual hope by film's end.

    June 10, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Even the medium - Super 16-millimeter film, in the era of digital - adds to the ambience of rusting, abandoned machinery.

    June 10, 2021 | Full Review…
  • The film's bleak outlook is leavened with a ray of hope, when she decides to take a road less travelled.

    September 21, 2020 | Full Review…

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