Old Partner (2009)
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Critic Reviews for Old Partner
Even at a modest 78 minutes, there's a little too much slowness and repetitiveness to this off-beat documentary. But then, how fast can you expect a 40-year-old ox to move?
Old Partner may strike some as sentimental and repetitious, but it's only because Lee has matched his style to the material.
Too bad there isn't an Oscar for best performance by a beast of burden.
Old Partner isn't entirely the story of man and ox shuffling off into the sunset together. It's also the story of poverty, sacrifice, physical agony, and very real emotional tumult.
One does leave with a rarely vivid sense of the grind of time, in work and marriage.
Audience Reviews for Old Partner
A sweet if repetitive documentary. It's a simple observation of a man and his ox. Nothing more, nothing less. If you would find a man and his ox farming boring, then just don't watch it. The true heart of this film comes from the relationship between the man and his ox. The man works the ox incredibly hard, but treats him better than his own wife. This does raise questions as to where the mans heart truly lies. But it's that thankless dedication to each other that really hits home. Never asking from each other, and no understanding, just pure love. There are some wonderful moments, as the man takes his ox to market (as his wife demands) but then asks for $5,000. He is made fun of, and heckled, but he seems truly happy. It's also humbling to see how hard these rural people work, and how his work and his friendship with his ox, mean more than any amount of cash.
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