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October Country (2009)

 -  Documentary  -  June 2009 (USA)
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October Country is a beautifully filmed portrait of an American family struggling for stability while haunted by the ghosts of war, teen pregnancy, foster care and child abuse. With rarely ... See full summary »

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October Country is a beautifully filmed portrait of an American family struggling for stability while haunted by the ghosts of war, teen pregnancy, foster care and child abuse. With rarely seen intimacy, sensitivity and respect, this vibrant documentary examines the forces that unsettle the working poor and the violence that lurks beneath the surface of American life. Written by Palmieri, Michael (II)

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Last Exit To Mohawk Valley
9 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you ever thought that dysfunctional family units were the basis of insipid television sitcoms & turgid Hollywood movies,guess again. 'October Country' is a harrowing tale of a very real, working class, blue collar American family living in upstate New York,in a place called Mohawk Valley,where most folk work either in the Remington Fire Arms plant,or (shudder,shudder)at the local Wal Mart. That family is the Moshers. Don Mosher is a retired police officer & Viet Nam war veteran who spends his days smoking & watching old war movies on television,virtually non stop. His wife,Donna (Don's second wife,as her first is currently serving a prison sentence for child molestation),is a classic example of damaged goods,who married & had children way too early in life,has all but shut down & is just satisfied with smoking & watching the same old war movies with Don,silently. Her Mother,Dottie seems to be the catalyst of this (somewhat)fragmented family unit,and offers little more than sad perspectives on life. The two daughters of the Mosher family:Danael,a welfare mother who followed in the same sad footsteps of her mother,Donna (her first husband was an abusive,alcoholic that's equally out of the picture),who is sullen,bitter & with a chip on her shoulder,way too early in life (I can only shudder what she will be like once she hits the age of 40). Danael,early on in the film has lost her baby to D.C.F. (Department of children & families),and doesn't seem to be the least bit shaken by it. Her little sister,Desi,who spends most of her time by herself playing video games ("I watch less TV",is her response)takes all of this in & processes it as only a child her age can (she sees more ugliness than any child should). Finally,there is Donal Mosher,who had the good fortune to escape & find art as a form of therapy from all of this. Donal is a photographer/writer that created a photo essay of his f***ed up family,which forms the basis of this very well photographed essay on small town Americana. Also figuring on the edges of all of this near madness,is Denise,Don's younger sister who is a practicing Wiccan who spends her days in the local cemetery,conversing with the dead.Don has absolutely nothing to do with Denise (he totally ignores her when she visits the Mosher household during a Haloween party,and you can feel her pain at being dissed by her closest kin). Will the Moshers ever find some kind of happiness in life? Will Daneal finally find a man that she could love,and be loved back? Will Desi rise above all of this (as her big brother has),or will she end up just another statistic,as the rest of the Mosher women have? Who is to say. Donal Mosher & Michael Palmieri (moving up from directing music videos) co write & direct this video diary that takes place within a year's time frame (respectibly from October to October of the following year). Not rated by the MPAA,this film contains pervasive strong language,smoking & drinking alcohol (in the presence of minors),and disturbing testimony of child sexual abuse. Leave the little ones home.


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