Monday, October 1, 2018

Monrovia, Indiana (2018) NYFF 2018

Frederick Wiseman's latest film is a portrait of the titled town. Over the course of 143 minutes we get to visit the farms, the businesses and government of the town.

Sitting down to write this review the one thing that stuck in my head was that this was very much like a Wiseman film. It shows us life as it is lived which means it drifts between rapturous and deadly dull (sorry the Masons' ceremony had me nodding off).

Other than describing what we see in the film I really couldn't come up with anything to say beyond that. To me this is beautiful depiction of life being lived but for me I didn't get any sort of deeper meaning. That is not a knock more that sometimes it is impossible to review life.  MONROVIA INDIANA is life.

If you are a fan of observational documentaries then MONROVIA INDIANA is a must. As with most of Frederick Wiseman's films- this is as good as it gets.

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