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The city's seedy charm has not often been captured so atmospherically.
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.
"Tchoupitoulas" is a jewel-bright whoosh of a ride through nighttime New Orleans.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Tchoupitoulas
Part documentary and part guided narrative documentary - this movie explores both the curiosity of youth and the cultural uniqueness that is New Orleans after hours. Slowly paced and almost poetic visually, it is an interesting experimental film that really defies any genre.
Having lived in New Orleans for two years added to my appreciation of this special documentary about three brothers. Viewers with little New Orleans background will lose many of the local references. This film tips its hat to the classic "Stand By Me," switching venues from Oregon to New Orleans. Instead of four friends who embark on an adventure, three brothers and their dog Buttercup cross the ferry from Algiers to the Crescent City and explore the bitter and the sweet of New Orleans by night. The fact that these are untrained actors makes the film with a loose plot all the more amazing. While not for everyone, this film's unusual aspects makes it particularly memorable
"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.
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