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Monrovia, Indiana (2018)

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Forty-six million Americans live in rural, small town America. These towns were once the backbone of American life. While their number and populations have shrunk, the importance of rural America as a formative center of American politics and values was demonstrated in the 2016 presidential election. To understand more about American life, it is important acknowledge the unique and important contributions small towns make to American character and culture, in addition to providing most of our food, raw materials and drinking water. The film explores the conflicting stereotypes and illustrates how values like community service, duty, spiritual life, generosity and authenticity are formed, experienced and lived. The film gives a complex and nuanced view of daily life in Monrovia and provides some understanding of a rural, mid-American way of life that has always been important in America but whose influence and force have not always been recognized or understood in the big cities on the east and west coasts of America and in other countries.

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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Regardless of the movie's elusive agenda, Monrovia, Indiana is an immersive wonder, thanks to Wiseman's masterful ability to assemble images that lead from one painterly visual to the next.

September 6, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Pleasurably low-key if not among his most invaluable recent works, Frederick Wiseman's latest American opus takes a long, slow look at a rural red-state town.

September 5, 2018 | Full Review…
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Wiseman in a minor key.

September 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Wiseman showcases Monrovia as having all the trappings and routines of a small American town, but, in a subtly disturbing evocation, is hollow at its core.

September 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Wiseman, who shoves everywhere and observes everything with his usual mix of humour and astute political criticism, eventually finds small traces of humanity where they seem to have disappeared.

September 11, 2018 | Full Review…

As always with Frederick Wiseman, it's the quotidian gestures that haunt one in Monrovia, Indiana.

September 8, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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