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Bloor Cinema Release: Rich Hill

August 22, 2014

By John Corrado

Rich Hill Poster

After winning the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at Sundance, and premiering in Toronto during Hot Docs, Rich Hill is opening at the Bloor Cinema today.  The critically acclaimed film will run until August 28th, tickets and showtimes are right here.

Andrew is very close to his family, but lives with the stress of constantly moving because of his father’s job, and a mother who rarely leaves the house.  Harley is living with his grandma while his mother is in jail, and Appachey has severe behavioural issues that are aggravated by his often volatile household.  All three boys hail from the small Missouri town of Rich Hill, quietly coming of age against a backdrop of extreme poverty.

Although not much happens in a classic narrative sense, Rich Hill is always beautifully shot, as filmmaking cousins Andrew Droz Palermo and Tracy Droz Tragos follow the three young teenagers through a vérité lens.

This is an honest and often very sad observational portrait of poverty and youth in small town America, that allows for some starkly touching and memorable scenes.

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