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About the Movie
From writer-director Eric Mendelsohn, the only two-time winner of the directing prize at Sundance (first for JUDY BERLIN, also starring EDIE FALCO) comes 3 BACKYARDS, the story of three residents of the same town over the course of one seemingly perfect Autumn day.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 17
- Fresh: 13
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 6.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Little is left to chance, and every detail contributes to a tightly schematic, microcosmic poetic concept.
Rotten: A story in which poor real folks are granted perspective only by brushing up against starlets, accidents, and villains of the tabloid press.
Fresh: Mendelsohn's dialogue is, for the most part, as spare as poetry, and the three stories are woven together masterfully and acquire a gleaming aura that's almost pastoral.
Fresh: Well-acted and acutely observed, the sort of cerebral fare you can more typically find on HBO than in theaters these days.
A well-written, well-filmed, well-directed, well-acted, well-edited piece of nothing.
If you can deal with a slow movie then rent
It's a collage about 3 lives and how they relate to life itself. It talks about nothing or everything, depending on how you look at it. There's enough silence so that there really is no right or wrong answer either way. I give 4 stars bc there are interesting highlights that lead nowhere but are still interesting. You wont find many another movies that uses an hour so well to discuss nothing but express everything. The soundtrack can die a swift death.
I gave it five stars because it's really unique, and has a palpable yet hypnotic feeling to it. There is tension, but it is an unusual kind. There are stories, intertwined even, but they do not unfold in conventional pacing or 'acts'. The cinematography alone is worth the price of the rental, it's absolutely exquisitely shot. The score is difficult to take at times, but it used to increase the unsettling dream-scape that is carefully created.
Very unique film, and even though it wasn't always pleasant, I really wish there were so many more films like this. Inventive, passionate, at the same time quiet and meditative. Meticulously composed, but not at the expense of blurred and smeared lines, which keep us guessing and wondering what's next. Great stuff.