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Memphis (2014)

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In MEMPHIS, a strange singer with 'god given talent' drifts through the mythic city of Memphis under its canopy of ancient oak trees, shattered windows, and burning spirituality. Surrounded by lovers, legends, hustlers, preachers, and a wolfpack of kids, the unstable performer avoids the recording studio and is driven to spend time in his own form of self-discovery. Shown in fragments, his journey drags him from love and happiness right to the edge of another dimension. Featuring an explosive performance and score from the singular recording artist-come-wizard, Willis Earl Beal, MEMPHIS is a film steeped in folklore, music, surrealism, and the abstract search for glory. (c) Kino

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"Memphis" is poetry.

Full Review… | October 2, 2014
Boston Globe
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Even those who find it a bore will agree it's a pleasure to look at, and not only because Beal cleans up nicely as a suit-wearing slacker in a snappy chapeaux.

Full Review… | September 18, 2014
Washington Post
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The film feels like a sketch rather than a portrait, beautifully rendered but incomplete in the details.

Full Review… | September 11, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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The film is less than 80 minutes and if you cut the shots that go on too long it would be less than an hour.

Full Review… | September 10, 2014
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Tim Sutton's second feature, starring the young contemporary musician Willis Earl Beal as a musician with the same name, captures the mood of the blues with pitch-perfect sensuality.

Full Review… | September 5, 2014
New Yorker
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"Memphis" is a gorgeous, gorgeous movie-the kind that prompts critics to say "every frame could be a painting"-but it is also proof that the woozy, opaque mode of American independent filmmaking has its limits.

Full Review… | September 5, 2014
RogerEbert.com
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Audience Reviews for Memphis

I respect what director Tim Sutton was trying to do with this film, but I didn't quite enjoy it. I understand the aimless and wandering structure of the film was supposed to parallel the journey of the protagonist, and although I can appreciate that, it often makes the film difficult to watch. There seems to be a strong sense of culture and community in Memphis, and that ended up being my favorite thing to watch in this film. Listening in on conversations that I normally wouldn't be a part of is incredibly enjoyable for me, but it can't make up for a lack of character and plot development. Memphis is an interesting effort, but something I can't totally get behind.

Nathan Martin
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