The Exiles Reviews
"The Exiles" has virtually no dramatic shape. The men do nothing useful, while the women work and quietly endure their unhappiness. The story spans about a day, and nothing transformative occurs. And most of the dialogue and ambient noise is awkwardly looped in post-production -- this is alienating. In particular, the casual chatter in bars and cafes is painfully stiff.
The filmmakers deserve credit for making a worthwhile sociological statement on a non-existent budget but, beyond that, there's little to recommend "The Exiles" beyond some interesting glimpses of early-'60s Los Angeles.
And by the way, this flixter info is completely wrong. Billy Wilder and Fritz Lang are NOT in the movie, and the film is NOT 1 hr 56 min....
During the 1950s and 1960s, one of the big problems for independent productions was sound. Portable synch-sound equipment was not readily available, and so many filmmakers had to struggle with trying to create an adequate soundtrack. It can't be said that Kent MacKenzie and his crew solved the problem: there is often the hollow sound of obvious post-synching, a.k.a., dubbing. But the images are so strong, and there remain such obvious honesty and dedication that the film can be said to be truly revelatory, about people who were at that time largely rendered invisible if not outright caricatured. This is one movie which certainly can be said to embody that elusive quality: truth.