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Cameo: Director Joe Talbot makes a cameo appearance when Jimmie is passing out flyers for Mont's play to people on the streets of San Francisco. See more »
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I have to say, this film meanders. But I'm sure it was written that way. Don't expect a fast paced plot, action, women (only saw 2 in whole film).
What it does is provide amazing cinematography. Beautiful scenes as if from a well crafted classic play. Great subtle gentle acting with interesting amd unique characters. It touches on many subjects through the scenes sprinkled liberally throughout, but in a novel and artistic way. This film is definitely art. Is it a good story? Well, some bits build to beautiful moments. I adored the relationship between the two main characters (male friends). So sweet, gentle. Makes you want to hug them. I want to watch this film again, even though at times I was on the edge of boredom. But damn, it's a beautiful film.
This deserves to be a classic, due to its uniqueness. The writer and director is clearly intelligent and creative beyond what I could aspire to, but the film isn't haughty. It's simple, solid, with emotion, friendship, love, loss, a yearning for meaning and fitting in. Of course it touches on race relations and black poverty, but in a way completely off centre to most approaches. I loved this film.
Do I recommend it? It will be like savouring a fine wine on an evening. For many, it will be fulfilling, touching, deep and profound. But some people don't like wine. Those that want action/love story/radical race politics, won't find it here.
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