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Tchoupitoulas (2012)



Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 1

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TCHOUPITOULAS is a lyrical documentary that follows three adolescent brothers as they journey through one night in New Orleans, encountering a vibrant kaleidoscope of dancers, musicians, hustlers, and revelers parading through the lamplit streets. The filmmakers fully immerse us into the New Orleans night, passing through many lively and luminous locations and introducing us to the people who make the city their home. (c) Oscilloscope


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Apr 29, 2013


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The city's seedy charm has not often been captured so atmospherically.

January 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The film can be seen as simply a kind of impressionistic travelogue, but it slowly and irresistibly conveys that we're also seeing a rite of passage.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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"Tchoupitoulas" is a jewel-bright whoosh of a ride through nighttime New Orleans.

December 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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It is alive with the risk and curiosity of youth, and unapologetic in insisting that the pursuit of fun can be a profound and transformative experience.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The Rosses are happy to trade cohesion for a rich, varied immersion in New Orleans nightlife. It's less a documentary than a feature-length vibe.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Questions about the literal truth of Tchoupitoulas are thorny and perhaps besides the point. After all, the filmmakers aren't hiding the artifice.

December 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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A lovely, lyrical film that wondrously captures a very specific time and place -- that is, New Orleans at night, as seen through the eyes of a child.

January 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

At 80 minutes, the film feels a bit long. That's probably an example of the filmmakers' affection for their subjects, both the Zanders brothers and New Orleans.

January 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
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Tchoupitoulas feels like a cinematic exercise grasping blindly for reason and statement -- a beautifully crafted paragraph in search of a topic sentence.

January 7, 2013 Full Review Source:

With wide-eyed wonder, three young brothers are charmed by New Orleans' spectacular nightlife for the first time.

December 16, 2012 Full Review Source:

Without offering much context or addressing obvious social issues, it's an evocative tribute to its setting and to childhood innocence.

December 14, 2012 Full Review Source:

The film is entirely immersive, thanks not only to the handheld camera, but also to the illusory nature of the staging.

December 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Tchoupitoulas posits time and space as internal experience, embracing subjectivity and uncertainty, not so much recording what happens as helping you to imagine possibilities.

July 18, 2012 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Shooting in what sometimes approximates a semi-inebriated haze, and emphasizing the overlapping of diverse sounds coming from different quarters, Tchoupitoulas almost does manage to transcend the sight and sound limitations of cinema.

June 21, 2012 Full Review Source: The Washingtonian
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Audience Reviews for Tchoupitoulas

Documentary following three boys who miss the ferry home and are stranded alone in New Orleans overnight. An abstract tribute to childhood wonder; nine year old William, a curious dreamer and budding poet, becomes more interesting than the carnival city and its street performers.
June 11, 2012
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"Tchoupitoulas" is an engaging blend of documentary and fiction, set around three brothers, Bryan, Kentrell and William, and their dog, as they take the ferry across the Mississippi for a nighttime visit to New Orleans, especially the French Quarter, with a special emphasis on food and music, both of which resplendent. Events flow naturally through the night smoothly with the boys enjoying their adventures. The only exception to that is the mad dash for the last ferry which definitely feels staged. And seeing as there are things too adult for their young eyes, the movie goes off on its own to explore the ladies of burlesque, some times getting a little too distracted for its own good.

Of the three boys, we get to know William the best through his thoughts and dreams, in his case winning six Super Bowl rings. Unlike other kids of his age, he seems genuinely interested in playing the recorder which is usually just foisted onto all children, comparing notes with a young flutist at one point.
December 9, 2012
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