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Northern Light (2014)

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Set against the backdrop of a town's annual snowmobile race, NORTHERN LIGHT explores the working class experience in a series of captivating personal stories of recession-era America. The lives of three families change profoundly in the north woods of Michigan, where winters are unforgiving, jobs are hard to come by, and the line between living life and simply surviving is razor-thin. This cinematic, observational documentary explores the American working class experience through character- based storytelling. As racers and their families pin their hopes to a 500 mile-long test of endurance, small triumphs and giant sacrifices are made along the way. Dysfunction and hardship permeate the cold, but this harsh setting is simultaneously the site of community and familial intimacy. Filmed over the course of several years spent with the film's protagonists, NORTHERN LIGHT is a fresh and vital contribution to the tradition of contemporary American cinéma vérite. (c) Icarus

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A sneakily compelling, endlessly patient observation of three working-class families in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Full Review… | June 15, 2014
New York Times
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Rather than high drama, these are moments of plain being, a rare immersion into the everyday lives of strangers.

Full Review… | June 13, 2014
Village Voice
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"Northern Light" can be monotonous.

January 30, 2014
Seattle Times
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You feel as though you've been given the keys to a town that trusts you to look around at your own pace and turn off the light on your way out. And the longer you stay, the less you feel like leaving.

June 18, 2014
Willamette Week

The film has an atmosphere of endless experimentation, which compliments the constant revision the subjects apply to their lives in the wake of their economic insecurity.

Full Review… | June 16, 2014
Slant Magazine

Gets past the Joe Six-Pack, NASCAR fan stereotypes and shows you how ordinary working class people work and play. Given the deepening class divisions in the USA, a film that illuminates how people survive psychologically.

Full Review… | June 13, 2014
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