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Songs My Brothers Taught Me

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Chloé Zhao

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About the Movie

Johnny, a restless Lakota teen, and his spirited little sister Jashaun, live with their troubled mother on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. While the Johnny looks for ways to escape his nihilistic life on the reservation by moving to LA with his girlfriend, Jashaun is holding onto her faith in the community and the simple pleasures she finds there. Things start to change after the funeral of their estranged cowboy father and Johnny’s reckless behavior begins to catch up with him. After finding out about Johnny’s plan to leave, Jashaun wanders away from her ruptured home life, exploring the rodeo world of her late father and forming an unlikely friendship with an ex-con. Jashaun's spirit is put to the test as she witnesses the self-destructive nature of those around her. While Johnny, who finds himself in a fight he can't win, is in danger of losing all those he holds dear.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 21
  • Fresh: 19
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Because her laissez-faire approach makes little effort to fit the fragmentary scenes into a tidy portrait of reservation life, "Songs My Brothers Taught Me" feels more authentic than if she had chosen to impose a tighter structure. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Mar 1, 2016

Fresh: A sparely plotted, low-key but ultimately rewarding slice of South Dakota reservation life. – Dennis Harvey, Variety, Jan 29, 2015

Fresh: The balance of humanistic and ethnographic filmmaking with poignant, often seemingly unscripted drama has many rewards. – David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter, Jan 28, 2015

Fresh: The performances are undeniably authentic, the cinematography could make Terrence Malick stand to give a slow clap, and sometimes a sensitive mood and evocative milieu are enough to sustain when there's barely a plot. – Aaron Hillis, Village Voice, Mar 1, 2016

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Customer Reviews


Loved every second of this gorgeous, moving, wonderfully made film. Must see.

Authenticity at its best!

Beautiful cinematography, fresh young talent who give stellar performances. Highly recommend.

Wonderful look at life and family

Nothing matters but family and home. This is a wonderful look at hard times and choices for those with little to look forward to but family is always there.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2016

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