It's depiction of a city in crisis is right on target. The economic meltdown of Detroit is fair warning of what will (and to some extent has) come to pass nationally. Post-World War II Europe (especially Italy) provided the inspiration for the Neo-Realist movement in film. Current American industrial/urban decay gives rise to modern neo-realism embodied in this striking motion picture.
Director Brian Lawrence, Cinematographer Lon Stratton and composers Dan Lawton and Gary Haverkate have created a strangely beautiful portrait of desperation.
What's most surprising with this movie, and maybe that has to do with the fresh, ensemble cast, is how fun it is to watch these people struggle just to survive. Highly recommended.
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