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May 7th, 2019 - Rounding up the Usual Suspects — LiveJournal
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The early film, Frances Ferguson, is a mockumentary about a young woman teacher who has a sexual fling with a student. That doesn't sound like comedy material, but the film-makers somehow manage to treat the subject thoughtfully at the same time that they make it funny. The lead actress's portrayal of a character who is depressed is excellent; the film is good.

The noon film, Honeyland, is a deliberately paced slice-of-life film about a woman who gathers honey for a living. Although "deliberately paced" and "slice of life" are often euphemisms for "boring", the details of her honey work are interesting, and she has a conflict with a nomadic family that moves into her territory that brings dramatic tension to the film. I rate it good.

The final film, Roll Red Roll, is an engaging, outrage-inspiring documentary about rapist football players, but it seemed like a few things were missing. Points raised at the end seemed underexamined, and it seems like it was missing a summary that sets the incident into context of a wider problem.

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