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6.8
/10
13 Ratings

Western

Directed by Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross
United States, Mexico, 2015
Documentary

Synopsis

For generations, all that distinguished Eagle Pass, TX, from Piedras Negras, MX, was the Rio Grande. But when darkness descends upon these harmonious border towns, a cowboy and lawman face a new reality that threatens their way of life.

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Western Directed by Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2015 | Winner: Documentary (Special Jury Prize)

SXSW Film Festival

2015 | Winner: Louis Black/Lone Star Award

San Francisco International Film Festival

2015 | Winner: Documentary Feature

The Rosses are never hectoring or condescending, and for all the politically loaded content the film contains, its tone is one of empathy. Stylistically, the directors and their collaborators have a knack for incidental beauty, maximizing the aesthetic potential of the Panasonic DVX’s SD video. WESTERN is an accumulative and insightful portrait of contemporary life that couldn’t achieve the same effect in any other medium; you come out of it wishing more films could say the same.
January 08, 2016
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Cartel Land is a nail-biter—the documentary equivalent of a movie like Zero Dark Thirty, throwing viewers into the middle of gunfights and citizens’ arrests—while Western is quieter and dreamier. For a long time, the threat of violence in the Ross brothers’ film is just background chatter, heard on the radio and TV while the movie goes about the business of recording the leisurely pace of rural living.
December 09, 2015
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Western, which won a special prize at Sundance for “vérité filmmaking” (a term which doesn’t really do justice to the sly bonhomie of its setup), easily weighs in as the best of the Rosses’ three features—and it only grows more poignant in retrospect.
September 25, 2015
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