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1 hr. 42 min.

Plot Summary
This spare documentary follows a group of shepherds as they guide hundreds of sheep through endless miles of Montana wilderness. Herding the livestock through the Beartooth Mountains, the crew covers stunning landscapes as they brave dangerous weather and the threat of various wild animals, including bears and wolves. As the shepherds make their journey, the film depicts the hardships that they face in their age-old occupation, which seems largely outmoded in 21st-century United States.


Directors: Lucien Castaing-Taylor , Illisa Barbash

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Cinema Guild

Sweetgrass (2010)

Release Date: January 6th, 2009|1 hr. 42 min.

critic reviews (10)
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  • 75
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    What Sweetgrass lacks in context it makes up for in voyeuristic camera work that reveals a gritty beauty in the landscape, along with the human and livestock characters. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The filmmakers' motivation couldn't be clearer: They needed to capture a way of life that may soon exist only on film and in memory. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    A meditative and intensely beautiful documentary. show more

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