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A beautifully realized portrait of a close-knit community on the outskirts of Baltimore, Putty Hill is the second feature from celebrated young filmmaker Matt Porterfield. At a neighborhood karaoke bar, friends and family gather to remember a young man who passed away. Knowing little about his final days, they attempt to reconstruct his life. In the process, they offer a window onto their own lives, an evocative picture of working-class America, dislocated from the progress and mobility around them, but united in pursuit of a shared dream. Exquisitely shot and employing surprising documentary techniques, Putty Hill is one of the most exciting American indie films in years.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 28
- Fresh: 21
- Rotten: 7
- Average Rating: 7.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Matt Porterfield's moody, elliptical fusion of fiction and documentary, slips back and forth between the forms with a stealth that dissolves one into the other.
Fresh: This curious blend of documentary and narrative, held together less by any plot device than by a rigorous aesthetic, proves all the more effective for being in service of casual naturalism.
Fresh: "Putty Hill" transcends the usual docudrama hybrid to occupy a thrilling third place, dreamlike and scruffy, opaque and pellucid.
Rotten: Points must be awarded for nerve, but virtually every aspect of this misbegotten film misfires.
Beautiful and poignant
This film is stunningly shot and the sound is well done, too. Although this film is about the death of a young man, it is as much a film about his loved ones left behind and how they are coping with the loss.
Not Your Typical Docudrama, Rather It Transcends What We All Expect From A Docudrama And Takes Us Deeply Into The Aesthetics Of Surrealism.... A Very Good Film....
Don't waste your time - this film is BORING, this film is BAD, this film is Pathetic.