Michael Palmieri & Donal Mosher
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In their sensitive, beautifully filmed portrait of the Mosher family who live in Mohawk Valley, N.Y., filmmakers Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher explore how people whose voices go unheard move through life like ghosts, unable to change their circumstances. Shot over the course of a year, from one Halloween to the next, the film follows three generations as they struggle with poverty, an unplanned pregnancy, a custody battle and the lingering trauma of war. The film has won multiple awards in both the United States and Europe including the Grand Jury Prize at Silverdocs, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for best documentary of 2009.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 29
- Fresh: 26
- Rotten: 3
- Average Rating: 7.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The Moshers' social environment -- the Remington firearms factory that is the bedrock of the local economy; the limited local options for restless young people; the comfort and tease of consumerism and popular culture -- is evoked rather than explained.
Fresh: If the film doesn't get anywhere narratively, that's just form following content: The Moshers themselves don't go anywhere, either.
Fresh: You can probably extract a sociological or political message from the film, but I don't think that was the intention. This lack of an agenda seems to add to the movie's intensity.
Fresh: A powerful portrait of the American working poor and the dynamics that govern all families, regardless of economic class.
Don't miss this film - beautifully told, funny, and engaging, it will please any audience. One of my favorite films of last year!