A searing portrait of four prisoners trying to escape the devastation of their past.A searing portrait of four prisoners trying to escape the devastation of their past.A searing portrait of four prisoners trying to escape the devastation of their past.
One can see why the people stuck in his mind. They are a mix of the vicious and the self-destructive, but what combines them all is their reflection on who they are and what is next. The film draws them together with the idea of them all in a purgatory state where they await judgement and whatever lies beyond. This is a nice device, but what makes the film work is the 4 people selected. Their self- awareness and yet inability to progress from that point is fascinating and very recognizable for me (in terms of knowing your self but not being able to change it – not killing people). The people really make a mark and the film lets them.
The narration doesn't add more than a frame, which is a wise move, as it allows the people to speak and set the tone. It is still a very 'straight' documentary in terms of what it does, and it is very televisual which I didn't care for, but in the end it has a real kick to the emotions, and it is this that works well.
- bob the moo
- Nov 19, 2016