October Country Poster

Release Date: February 12th, 2010

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 20 min

Plot Summary
In this bold documentary, director Michael Palmieri spends one year with the Moshers, a poverty-stricken New York City family living with an array of emotional problems, including teen pregnancy, spousal abuse, child abuse and the horrible memories of war. Palmieri weaves together these strange, heartbreaking stories with a haunting visual focus that gives each tale equal weight. In spite of their issues, the Moshers strive to escape their haunted pasts and move forward together.

Director: Michael Palmieri

Genres: Documentary

Distributors: International Film Circuit [us]

Keywords: Dark, Sacrifice, Small town, Fascinating, 2000s, Growing up, Daughter, Emotional

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Family dysfunction has proved a rich resource for documentary filmmakers in recent years, but "October" lacks the narrative drive and emotional resonance of such examples of the genre as "Tarnation" and "Capturing the Friedmans." show more

  • This is the face of dysfunction. Apparently alcohol and drugs are not involved, except perhaps with some of the missing men. The drug here is despair. They seem to treat it with cigarettes. show more

  • October Country doesn't really have a point, or a story, but it's an almost unbearably vivid portrait of four generations in a single working-class family. show more

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