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Genuinely moving but never maudlin, Remote Area Medical lays bare the injustice of a system that fails to provide for those who need it most.
The filmmakers inspire deep admiration for the volunteers, but without reducing the patients to mere victims of our broken welfare system.
This deeply compassionate, quietly furious documentary ... highlights, in dramatic detail, the woeful lack of medical care available to residents of one Appalachian community-and, by extension, to many Americans.
From these subjects, you find out all you need to know in order to appreciate the magnitude of what RAM is doing, and the scope of the crisis affecting the rural poor.
Although the documentary can feel like a volunteer instructional video at times, the faces on those who have fallen through the cracks in the system speak volumes.
"Remote Area Medical" is an incredibly tragic movie. It's also an important one, reminding viewers that America is more than its coasts and cities. There are corners of the country we all too easily forget.
In this eye-opening film, we get an intimate look at a Tennessee clinic's operation for three days and experience first hand the hardships that many Americans encounter to receive basic medical care.
This movie provides a snapshot of what health care in America was like for some people before many provisions of Obamacare took effect, and it is a depressing snapshot.
Deft, nonjudgmental, heartbreaking work. Calm fury: that's Remote Area Medical's most radical move in the present moment.
While the directors deliberately avoid taking an overt stance, they shape the film in a way that makes their position clear, and generally persuasive as well.
Like many modern documentaries with aspirations to theatrical distribution, the film confuses a lack of clarity with cinema verite integrity.
Reichert and Zaman don't editorialize, which keeps Remote Area Medical from being preachy, forceful, or didactic, but also leaves it feeling shapeless.
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