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Position Among the Stars Reviews

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February 19, 2012
It's a vivid picture of desperate people struggling to survive in a corrupt world, though formally rather too contrived for my taste.
February 17, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 17, 2012
Tari is headed for college; Sriywati is headed nowhere. By the time the credits roll, you ache for them both.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 16, 2012
Never less than fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 16, 2012
The culture of corruption infects everything and there is a sense of a country in transition captured in this engaging production.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 16, 2012
It is like an episode of Shameless, or a page-turning realist novel about a family packed with comic characters, the sort of thing that Timothy Mo might write.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 16, 2012
The witty final part of an acclaimed documentary trilogy following a working-class family in Jakarta.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 16, 2012
Some of the images in the Dutch filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich's documentary are so beautifully implausible they can only be real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 16, 2012
A Koyaanisqatsi-like perspective on progress and pessimism, on a domestic, global and cosmic scale.
February 15, 2012
Beautifully shot and skilfully edited, this is an emotionally engaging slice-of-life documentary with likeable subjects and a subtle political edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 14, 2012
A singularly intimate and honest experience, as powerful bonds are formed between 'us', the viewer, and 'them', the subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 12, 2012
Glossy rather than gripping, it's nonetheless an interesting insight into one of the planet's most bustling corners.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 6, 2012
The invisiblecamera approach begs questions yet, for the most part, the effects are extraordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 14, 2011
Leonard Retel Helmrich's final instalment of his sociological trilogy...confirms that the Dutch-born auteur is one of the great talents in the world of factual filmmaking.
September 14, 2011
Engrossing, poetic and often very funny, "Position," like its predecessors, uses the lens of a single family to view the tumult of an entire country.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 13, 2011
Leonard Retel Helmrich's third documentary about the same Indonesian family is a dazzler in at least a couple ways.
June 23, 2011
(Critic's Pick) This patient but wildly expressionistic mosaic uses a canvas so vast that not just the subjects but fighting fish, cockroaches and the mangiest rat yet committed to cinema complete a bizarre ecosystem of co-dependence.
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