Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Oct 2020)
Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the twenty years that a woman has been waiting for her incarcerated husband to be released from prison.
My Take on it – This is a film that I knew nothing about when I came across it besides the fact that it has been lauded as a masterfully made documentary.
I went into this with very high expectations which were shattered quite rapidly.
The story is presented in a strange, yet innovative way yet it constantly feels lacking because it doesn’t manage to tell the whole story and picks and chooses what it tells us and what it doesn’t.
That is what documentaries do and that is usually acceptable, but here the information that they withhold has to do with the facts of the crime which are completely glossed over if not avoided.
The film itself is just a jumble of videos spanning two decades that tries to show the longing that a women has in order to finally reunite her family after such a long period of time that her husband has been incarcerated.
The crime itself is only stated in brief and they openly admit the guilt of her husband.
They then fail to explain why he has been in jail for so long and never explore the law and the justice system for us to get a better understanding of why this story is considered an injustice for so long.
They attribute it to the racism in the system, yet once again fail to explain specifically why.
It is very to try and empathize with the main character here during hr two decade struggle, but without telling us the while story, it makes it even more difficult to care about what happens to him largely due to the open admission of his guilt without even an attempt to claim that he was wrongfully arrested for this crime.
Bottom Line – Very strange film that is presented well, yet it lacks a true narrative. The film is a jumble of videos that have been recordedd over the past 2 decades which show the hardships and longing that this women has in anticipation of reunited her family one day. They unfortunately don;t take the time to explore the crime, the justice system and the law in order to try and explain why things have been dragged out over such a long period of time. It’s easy to empathize with the feelings but without the whole story, it’s much more difficult to really care especially given the fact that this film states that he is guilty of the crime he committed.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Won Best Director for a Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival. (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)
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