In a forgotten pocket of Southern Ohio where American manufacturing and opportunity are dying up, a determined young woman finds a ticket out when she is accepted to college. Alongside her older brother, Ruth Avery joins a dangerous scrap metal crew in order to pay her way. Together, they spend one brutal winter working the scrap yards during the day and stealing valuable metal from the once thriving factories at night. With her goal in sight, Ruth finds that the ultimate cost for an education for a girl like her may be more than she bargained for, and she soon finds herself torn between a promising future and the family she would leave behind.
A film about a young girl living in a town with few opportunities. Just to get by she has to help her brother steal trash that they go through for scrap metal. Which seems to be the only way of making any money in the town. This is probably the story of so many small towns in America. Manufacturing has definitely led to a dead end despite it's seemingly infinite promise throughout the 50s - the 2000s. The industry of industry is dying out. Jobs are sold to other countries because of globalization. Eventually they too will be writing stories like this one when capitalistic manufacturing reaches the end of it's road. Some other countries are just now experiencing their capitalist boom.
It tells the story of so many people these days. Poor. Addicted. Downtrodden. All of the actors did a fantastic job. There were a few parts that stuck out to me so the movie is "salvageable." I learned a little bit about what scrapping actually means and the film did a good job of metaphorically telling the tale of people who barely get by and must turn to the scraps.
One or two lines really stuck out for me and I wouldn't really call them spoilers but I'd love to share them:
("Talking to the guys in this town is all the birth control I'll ever need.")
("You'd scrap anything." ..."Yeah, so would you.") That was my favorite moment of the film.
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