Herman's HouseHD Closed Captioning
Angad Singh Bhalla
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About the Movie
Herman Wallace has spent 40 years imprisoned in solitary confinement in a six-foot-by-nine-foot cell for a crime many believe he never committed. The injustice of solitary confinement and the transformative power of art are explored in Herman's House, a feature documentary from first-time director Angad Singh Bhalla, that follows the unlikely friendship between Jackie Sumell a New York artist, and Herman Wallace, one of America's most famous inmates, as they collaborate on an acclaimed art project.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 16
- Fresh: 14
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 7.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Although this documentary has a powerful political subtext, it is best described as a conceptual art piece about confinement, attached to a dual biography of the artist and the prisoner.
Fresh: A portrait of an invisible man, Herman's House is a raised voice in the constitutional debate over solitary confinement.
Fresh: Against the prospect of unhappy endings, the human spirit still strives.
Fresh: The contrasting demeanors of its two main characters give Herman's House its spark, but the movie has some pungent moments without them.
This film is a moving account of the psychological effects of solitary confinement.
'Herman's House' is an emotional watch, and an absolute winner! The doc avoids being heavy-handed, and Bhalla's insight focusing on artist/activist Jackie Sumell's hard work isn't self-indulgent.
Bhalla also doesn't tell the audience how to feel. The filmmaker allows ideas to flesh out on their own.
Please, see this film.