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Position Among the Stars Reviews

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September 13, 2011
Leonard Retel Helmrich's third documentary about the same Indonesian family is a dazzler in at least a couple ways.
February 16, 2012
Never less than fascinating.
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.
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.
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 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 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
The witty final part of an acclaimed documentary trilogy following a working-class family in Jakarta.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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 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
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 6, 2012
The invisiblecamera approach begs questions yet, for the most part, the effects are extraordinary.
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 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 17, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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