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Tracy Droz Tragos & Andrew Droz Palermo
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About the Movie
Rich Hill, Missouri (population 1,393) could be any of the countless small towns that blanket America’s heartland, but to teenagers Andrew, Harley and Appachey, it’s home. As they ride their skateboards, go to football practice, and arm wrestle their fathers, they are like millions of other boys coming of age the world over. But faced with unfortunate circumstances – an imprisoned mother, isolation, instability, and parental unemployment – adolescence can be a day-to-day struggle just to survive. With no road map and all evidence to the contrary, they cling to the hope that hard work will be rewarded and even they can live the American dream. Spending a year with these boys and their families, homegrown Missouri filmmakers Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo craft a tale that is cinematically rich and exquisitely intimate, and put a human face on rural poverty in a respectful and artistic way. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, RICH HILL is an irresistibly moving examination of the challenges, hopes and dreams of rural America’s youth.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 44
- Fresh: 37
- Rotten: 7
- Average Rating: 7.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: An intimately observant look at individual children and the details of their daily lives and personalities.
Fresh: What makes this elegy worth watching is the unfettered access to Andrew, Appachey and Harley, teenagers who are dealing with a hardscrabble existence in which role models are nowhere in sight.
Fresh: "Rich Hill" doesn't analyze or point to conclusions; the only agenda is reminding us that these boys exist - and millions like them and their sisters.
Fresh: Inside these average American lives are futures far too often passed over or, worse, written off. This terrific film gives the teenagers their due.
Living in this town I have a much different view of the film than those outside our community
Knowing the back story of some of the families shown i have to say I feel for the boys cause its not their fault for their parents choices in life. I felt the film had no real story line to follow just shots here and there of the boys with no real explanation of the situations other than they are a little less fortunate than others. I know it's a story of poverty but I Hope that the shots of town she used most people realize that their are much and way better places here and yes some run down houses but way more very nice houses and plenty of hard working people that go out and to better their lives and proud people to call this place Home!, so any interviews you may read or see about Rich Hill know that the biggest precent of people that live here only believe that the director Tracy Droz is only saying anything she has to promote her self and her project.- Rich Hill Citizen Justin
Favorite documentary of the year!
This is a must-see doc coming out of Sundance 2014. The 3 young characters in Rich Hill are wise beyond their years -- their stories will certainly move you. Stunning cinematography as well!
Intimate, honest, but confounds social issues
This film is difficult to watch because I can relate to it all too well. While it is about rural poverty in the heart of America I couldn’t help but consider the closely related social issues at play. Andrew’s lot in life could have been so much improved if his father had been more motivated to work a steady job (his options may not be plentiful and that’s rough) instead of being disillusioned into thinking he could somehow be a prospector and strike it rich someday. Lots of heart in that family but children need stability.
Appachey being allowed to smoke cigarettes in middle school, deeply depressed over his father walking out and a mother struggling to provide while his development is ignored and even torn down by her. A mother who believes in you is so critical. He learns that anger and verbal abuse is how tasks are accomplished in the real world.
Harley, dealing with god-awful abuse, his mother imprisoned because of how she came to his rescue. What chance do these children have when they grow up surrounded by adults who abuse prescription medicine and don’t teach them the things they will need to know in life.
Sorry, but this is less about poverty and more about the effects of repeated bad decisions made by adults in the lives of their children, although the poverty theme does connect the three.