Putty Hill

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A beautifully realized portrait of a close-knit community on the outskirts of Baltimore, PUTTY HILL is the second feature from celebrated young filmmaker Matt Porterfield (HAMILTON). At a neighborhood karaoke bar, friends and family gather to remember a young man who passed away. Knowing little about his final days, they attempt to reconstruct his life. In the process, they offer a window onto their own lives, an evocative picture of working-class America, dislocated from the progress and mobility around them, but united in pursuit of a shared dream. Exquisitely shot and employing surprising documentary techniques, PUTTY HILL is one of the most exciting American indie films in years. -- (C) Cinema Guild


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  • This curious blend of documentary and narrative, held together less by any plot device than by a rigorous aesthetic, proves all the more effective for being in service of casual naturalism.

    Aug 8, 2011 | Full Review…

    Ronnie Scheib

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  • Points must be awarded for nerve, but virtually every aspect of this misbegotten film misfires.

    Aug 8, 2011 | Full Review…
  • The originality here lies in the fact that the unseen director, Matt Porterfield, armed with his camera, asks them about their feelings.

    Jun 17, 2011
  • Matt Porterfield's docu-realist indie drama is a tough, demanding watch - but also a rewarding one.

    Jun 16, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Porterfield's rejection of obvious irony makes this not only a warm film, but one which shows the real face of America's poor, young and disenfranchised.

    Jun 15, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
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  • With "Putty Hill," Porterfield joins the company of American indie directors Ramin Bahrani and Kelly Reichardt, filmmakers often compelled to seek out everyday souls in their textured, oh-so quotidian environs.

    Apr 22, 2011 | Rating: 3/4

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  • Feb 21, 2011
    "Putty Hill" is a low key and naturalistic movie that takes place after Cory has overdosed at the age of 24. As we find out through interviews conducted with various characters(by director Matthew Porterfield which are reminiscent of Peter Watkins' historicals), there is a lengthy history of violence and early deaths in this Baltimore neighborhood, not to mention prison sentences.(Even the play is violent in the early paint ball scene.) Violence is so commonplace that a group of high school girls are merely inconvenienced when they have to vacate a park after an armed robbery in the area. So, it is ironic that the one thing to bring everybody back together is a funeral, including Zoe(Zoe Vance) who is uneasy in her return from Delaware. And the final sequence serves to bring events full circle, just as the characters simply go round and round in their lives.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2011
    Odd mix of faux-documentary and mumblecore looks at how the death of a local teenager affects and entire town. Odd mix of faux-documentary and mumblecore looks at how the death of a local teenager affects and entire town.Its strange mix of styles is more off-putting than involving. The mumblecore masquerading as documentary feels forced rather than fluid.
    Matthew L Super Reviewer

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