Monday, June 12, 2006

NORTHFORK


From the Archive: 2/17/2005
NORTHFORK

Directed by the Polish brothers (that's their name not their ethnicity - well, actually, I suppose they could also be Polish, I don't know, I didn't ask. How cool would that be?).

Fraught with symbolism, it's all enigmatic and stuff. Makes you wonder if the Quabbin Reservoir started out this way.

Basic story line: In the mid-50's, the people of the town of Northfork are forced to move because their town is to be flooded for a new dam. A group of men are sent out to convince the last hold-outs that moving would be a really really really good idea.

This movie might be a bit slow and confusing, but so what? It's not confusing if you pay attention (yes, it's that kind of movie). Besides, it looks cool, and everything means something.

I liked it because it was an unusual film. There is a lot going on below the surface, if you care to look and every shot seems to just linger long enough for you to take it in. Not many movies take the time to do that. The film was made as a work of art rather than a money-maker. If you need to know more about it, the link below will take you to Roger Ebert's review of the movie.

Enjoy.

Film critic Roger Ebert's review of NORTHFORK.

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