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Summer Pasture Reviews

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Benjamin Mercer
Village Voice
August 9, 2011
Summer Pasture is remarkable not merely for documenting the disappearing way of life, but for registering the depth of Yama and Locho's uncertainty about moving on from it.
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
August 19, 2011
The success of a documentary so often hinges on the choice of subjects as much as the topic, and directors Lynn True and Nelson Walker hit the jackpot with Yama, Locho and their unnamed infant daughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
August 16, 2011
With its devastating title-card statistics and peacefully elegiac third act, the doc establishes the ritarding cadence of its gasping culture of a subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 16, 2011
An intimate, rounded, and realistic documentary about a charming, hard-working couple who are Tibetan nomads.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 15, 2011
Anything but a romanticized portrait of a primitive society of people living a purer, closer-to-the-earth existence than the rest of humanity.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
August 17, 2011
The subjects-a husband and wife struggling to make ends meet, mostly for the well-being of their infant daughter-are eminently engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
September 15, 2011
Has an earthy intimacy and compassion for its subjects that will have you thinking about their plight long after they've packed up and moved on for winter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
December 29, 2011
The filmmakers may not explain everything that passes before their cameras (why is caterpillar fungus such a hot commodity?), but that's part of the intrigue in this vanishing way of life.
| Original Score: 3/4
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
September 8, 2011
Yama doesn't need to seek work, as she reveals throughout the remarkable documentary, Summer Pasture.
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