The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
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The passions aroused by the discord between old and new cultures are set against the strange, stark beauty of the Mideast desert, so lovingly and perceptively filmed that you can almost taste the desiccated air.
The inhospitability of the land emphasizes the spare precision of the narratives and helps to give them an atavistic power, as if they were tales that had been handed down since the beginning of time.
Vereté has a whip-smart sense of narrative bluffs.
A sobering, impartial look at the human condition.
a budget affair that exposes the generally sad existence of the Bedouins while providing a precious twinkle of insight into their lives.
Brilliantly written and well-acted, Yellow Asphalt is an uncompromising film.
Director Dan Verete uses his camera as the metaphoric needle, and his cast in each segment as his thread, to form a sweeping tapestry of mis-explanation and contention.
These three films form a remarkably cohesive whole, both visually and thematically, through their consistently sensitive and often exciting treatment of an ignored people.
Together writer-director Danny Verete's three tales comprise a powerful and reasonably fulfilling gestalt.
Three separate stories about Bedouin culture. Living in the desert requires a certain hardness that is foreign to western sensibilities. The first story explores the value of a human life. Sadly, in a place where life is hard and death comes easily, the answer will surprise. The second delves into the relationship between a man and his wife and how all of the power in that relationship resides with the man. The wife is free to leave, but only if she leaves without her children, something she is unwilling to do. The third investigates the Bedouin code of honor. A man's loyalty to the tribe is tested and found wanting. He is then banished from the tribe for turning a blind eye to the waywardness of one of the women. In sum, this film provides a small window on a culture that is totally foreign to us. Hopefully, we come away with a clearer picture of how that society operates and the rules by which they live, even if it does little to engender sympathy or even understanding.
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