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July 23, 2015
good documentary made me wanna go to new Orleans
½ November 30, 2013
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.
May 12, 2013
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
April 15, 2013
Seen at Hot Docs 2012
March 15, 2013
A frequently wonderful mess. Three Algiers brothers cross over to NOLA and miss the ferry back in a one-of-a-kind all-night adventure.
February 2, 2013
This made me terribly homesick; there is nowhere in the world like NOLA, This film doesn't hit the food, but clearly shows how music pervades every street corner, every child, the very air. Moves slowly and not much happens, but it's a documentary after all. Did my heart good.
December 11, 2012
Many great nights on this street and can't wait to see it in a movie!
Super Reviewer
½ December 9, 2012
"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.
Super Reviewer
June 11, 2012
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.
April 22, 2012
A dreamy document of 3 young boys adventure into the vibrant and sometimes seedy nightlife of N'awlins.
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