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Roam Sweet Home (1996)

This documentary is a journey into the lives of aging roamers and loners-on-wheels who live on the road full-time in trailers, due to economic necessity, pleasure, or both. Filmmaker Ellen ... See full summary »

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Ellen Spiro

Writer:

Allan Gurganus
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Allan Gurganus Allan Gurganus ... Narrator (voice)
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This documentary is a journey into the lives of aging roamers and loners-on-wheels who live on the road full-time in trailers, due to economic necessity, pleasure, or both. Filmmaker Ellen Spiro and her dog Sam, join a spirited community of nomads and their pets in order to encounter their unconventional lifestyle first hand. Through interviews, Ellen captures the spirit of the roamers and the wide spectrum of reasons these people chose to forego a more traditional means of retirement. A group of women talk about the sheer freedom and the thrill of independence they discovered, after they escaped repressive marriages and relationships. Another person expounds upon the enjoyment of traveling throughout the country in an unencumbered fashion. Sam, Ellen's dog, also participates in the narration of this tale, sharing his interpretation of the follies and whims of human nature. He adds an emotional perspective through his ruminations that death is simply another stop on the journey ... Written by Ellen Spiro

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The filmmaker (Ellen Spiro) lived on the road for one year in an Airstream trailer with her dog, Sam, while shooting this film. See more »

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lovely tone
23 August 2005 | by scrybblerSee all my reviews

Not sure why this isn't rated higher! A funny yet contemplative piece about Americana, freedom, and the open road. Mostly focuses on eccentric retirees who live in Airstream trailers, having left "normal" lives behind.

The piece is "narrated" by Spiro's dog, Sam. This would be hokey in other hands, but the words match the images well, and they are quite poetic and thought-provoking.

At times the pace lags a little, but not much, and given the subject matter and the gentle soundtrack, making a lot of that is only quibbling.

Apparently the piece was aired on PBS... worth watching.


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English

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1996 (USA) See more »

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