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Songs My Brother Taught Me

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When their absentee father dies, Johnny feels compelled to strike out for a new life in LA, but fears leaving his sister behind with their remorsefully hard-drinking mother and her latest bad-news boyfriend.
Actors: Derrick Janis,
Derrick Janis
Derrick Janis
Jashaun St. John,
Jashaun St. John
Jashaun St. John
Irene Bedard,
Irene Bedard
Irene Bedard 22 July 1967, Anchorage, Alaska, USA
John Reddy,
John Reddy
John Reddy
Dorothy Nelson,
Dorothy Nelson
Dorothy Nelson
Lauren Janis,
Lauren Janis
Lauren Janis
Taysha Fuller,
Taysha Fuller
Taysha Fuller 24 April 1995, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Kevin Hunter,
Kevin Hunter
Kevin Hunter
Shamauri Hawkins,
Shamauri Hawkins
Shamauri Hawkins
Wambli BearRunner,
Wambli BearRunner
Wambli BearRunner
Cat Clifford,
Cat Clifford
Cat Clifford
...»
Genre: Drama
Director: Chloé Zhao
Chloé Zhao
Chloé Zhao
Country: United States
Release: 2015
IMDb: 6.9
Quality:
Duration: 98 min
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Salt Lake Tribune
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February 29, 2016

Writer-director Chloe Zhao works methodically to set up Johnny's situation, while also capturing in poetic detail the dead-end lives of poverty, alcoholism and hopelessness on the reservation.
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New York Post
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March 03, 2016

The slow-paced film includes all the expected social themes - drinking, poverty, broken families. Where Zhao excels is in the range of emotions she gets from a mostly nonprofessional cast.
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PopMatters
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November 10, 2016

In Songs My Brothers Taught Me, Zhao and her team have created an emotionally compelling neo-realist portrait of a family and their community experiencing the stresses and pressures of post-colonial life.
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Guardian
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March 02, 2016

The restrained performances and luscious location photography are enough to make this a film worth exploring, though it might not be a bad idea to down a few caffeine-rich drinks before settling in to watch.
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WBAI Radio
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March 26, 2016

An outsider looking in voyeurism veering offensively close to being more about the filmmaker's fixation on her immigrant alienation - if not a blatant exotic poverty porn aesthetic - than the brutal internal isolation of her subjects absent of causality.
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San Diego Reader
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April 07, 2016

A moseying tour of life on the Lakota reservation, circa right now: the empty beauty of the badlands, the ancient struggle with alcohol, and the persistent push of youth to make good and make sense of a bad old world that somehow keeps hope alive.
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AV Club
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March 02, 2016

Viewers will be torn between admiring its laid-back naturalism and wishing it possessed just a little more oomph.
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The Nation
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March 03, 2016

The film is exceptionally rich -- by turns raw, dreamy, harsh, sensuous, touching, intimate, garrulous, and elliptical.
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RogerEbert.com
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March 02, 2016

An earnest, smartly mounted film about life on a present-day reservation.
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The Young Folks
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March 12, 2016

Zhao's film is imperfect, but it's a heartfelt and gorgeous one with a very timely story at its core.
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New York Times
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March 01, 2016

Because her laissez-faire approach makes little effort to fit the fragmentary scenes into a tidy portrait of reservation life, "Songs My Brothers Taught Me" feels more authentic than if she had chosen to impose a tighter structure.
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