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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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2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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USA

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English

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1996 (USA) See more »

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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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Amazing documentary about mobile living and life on the road
8 May 2006 | by jockomo-1See all my reviews

This film by Ellen Spiro (Mobilus Media) is one of her best. I am her fan, I will admit. There is no filmmaker making docs today with more heart, soul, creative vision and sense of humor. This is a great doc for anyone but especially those interested in mobile living, airstream trailers and nomadic living. This film was shown on PBS and you could see it again by requesting that your local station rebroadcast it. I got my copy on the mobilus media website. You will not see better editing, cinematography and more interesting American characters in any film of the last few years. See it. You will laugh, cry and want to hit the road with a vengeance.


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