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It feels like the closest thing to a tribute audiences can pay to the children and adults who died, and the town that continues to grieve them.
One needn't be a mother or father to be drawn in by what Snyder has captured in this quiet but powerful film. Just being human will do.
What comes through is that the survivors have in no sense reached "closure" -- that meaningless word. This is a movie about people trying to make sense out of the senselessness of what happened.
Snyder has chosen to make a documentary about collective grief. She's created a devastating cry from the heart of a crisis ...
It's impossible to watch this film and feel no particular way about the killings.
This film isn't content to be merely a "never forget" reminder; it wants to convey just how deep and lasting the pain is, from this attack and, by extension, many others.
Snyder's camera doesn't feel exploitative or didactic; it simply shows the faces and lives of people who have experienced the absolute worst and continue to endure daily life.
Newtown succeeds because of the powerful emotional story it tells; while it is incredibly gut-wrenching, it leaves viewers with a message of hope and unity, and a vital call to action.
Be prepared for tearful commentary, which takes the place of vulgar sensationalism.
In her documentary Newtown, [director] Kim A. Snyder manages this Herculean task through present-day interviews with many directly affected. It is both uplifting and heartbreaking.
Newtown is emotionally active, moving us in ways facts and figures never could.
Snyder's filmmaking is elegant but basic, and it needs not be more. She's not there to dazzle us. She's there to bear witness.
So terribly sad and heartbreaking.
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