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Northern Light (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Drama, Family | 1 March 2013 (USA)
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Set against the backdrop of a town's annual snowmobile race, this cinematic, observational documentary explores the American working class experience.

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Nick Bentgen
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NORTHERN LIGHT interweaves the lives of three families in the northwoods of Michigan. Set against the backdrop of a town's annual snowmobile race, this cinematic, observational documentary explores the American working class experience. As racers and their families pin their hopes to a 500 mile-long test of endurance, small triumphs and giant sacrifices are made along the way. From a frozen corner of the country emerge three American families. Written by Northern Light

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USA

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English

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1 March 2013 (USA) See more »

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Światło północy See more »

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Upper Peninsula, Michigan, USA

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29 December 2014 | by fllw-734-444649See all my reviews

This would be a wonderful subject in the right hands. Unfortunately, it wasn't. The families are vaguely identified, their lives barely defined. Do we empathize with them simply because they live in an out-of-the-way location? The landscape is only hinted at as are their goals. Unblinking shots of trees do not convey a landscape. While it is an interesting concept to not include any voice-over or identifying graphics, this effort fails to support the film. It only muddles things. In addition, I found the filming style to be very lazy, not "experimental." Why linger on a shot of half of a person's head while someone else in the room is speaking? Is it "art" or did the film maker fall asleep? Then, after the big build up to the race, and the race itself, we are taken in a totally unexpected direction. And not a direction which is clever or fulfilling, just a different direction.


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