Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Overnighters (2014)

An American documentary directed by Jesse Moss.
Multitudes of men are arriving in North Dakota, looking for work in the fracking business. With nowhere to stay, they turn to a pastor who opens the doors of his church to them. He gives them a place to sleep inside or they can park and sleep in the church parking lot. He even brings some of them to live at his house. Unfortunately, the local government is against allowing these people to stay anywhere. Then begins a tale of loss.
This was amazing and tragic. Again, we have a plot that centers on the conflict of freedom vs authority. There is an additional element at the end that I won't spoil. The characters are great. The pastor is really trying to help people and there are the standard drifters. There were a few interviews scattered throughout, but they were not the main focus. The video is really raw and revealing, but decently produced. The audio is where this runs into problems. It's one that I wish I could reposition the microphones for them, run their recorder and remix their audio. The highs and lows had too much dynamics to the point that I couldn't hear much of it if I didn't want to be blown away by the rest. Overall, a truly emotion and thought provoking film with bad audio. I rate this good. Watch it!

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