October Country

2009, Documentary, 1h 20m

32 Reviews 100+ Ratings

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It flirts with voyeurism, but this deeply personal look at a working-class family in upstate New York is piercingly honest and refreshingly unsentimental. Read critic reviews

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In this bold documentary, director Michael Palmieri spends one year with the Moshers, a poverty-stricken New York City family living with an array of emotional problems, including teen pregnancy, spousal abuse, child abuse and the horrible memories of war. Palmieri weaves together these strange, heartbreaking stories with a haunting visual focus that gives each tale equal weight. In spite of their issues, the Moshers strive to escape their haunted pasts and move forward together.

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  • Dec 29, 2010
    A searing documentary about America's forgotten. Following the lives of one lower class family struggling to make it through their daily lives for one year, the doc presents a complicated portrait of modern life and explores the rarely seen underbelly (and reality) of the American dream. Few of its subjects are likable, but it's hard to ignore this kind of raw honesty.
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  • Dec 06, 2010
    The 1 person that stuck out most for me in October Country was Dottie.She truly has a heart of gold for letting Chris back after he steals from her & her husband again & again.She even takes him to buy clothes at Wal Mart because he doesnt have any after he steals from her again.What a woman! A GREAT documentary that would've been perfect if only there were updates on what happened to The Mosher Family after the documentary was over.Thats always disappointing.
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