October Country (2009)
Critic Consensus: It flirts with voyeurism, but this deeply personal look at a working-class family in upstate New York is piercingly honest and refreshingly unsentimental.
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Eventually you wonder whether the capacity to accept and forgive is a virtue or part of what's holding the Moshers down.
The beauty of October Country, beside its artful images, is how it compresses the windblown fortunes of working-class America into the fallen leaves of one forlorn family.
You can probably extract a sociological or political message from the film, but I don't think that was the intention. This lack of an agenda seems to add to the movie's intensity.
A powerful portrait of the American working poor and the dynamics that govern all families, regardless of economic class.
Audience Reviews for October Country
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.
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.
Dysfunctional families spawn broken, self absorbed and self destructive losers that litter the American landscape today. This movie offers a disturbing view of the kind of people the family systems of the "working" poor produce. Mohawk Valley will fall on even harder times when the Remington Gun Company moves its operation to China.
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