Monrovia, Indiana

Monrovia, Indiana

Monrovia, Indiana

Documentary from Emmy-winner Frederick Wiseman examining the values of small-town America and how they influenced the 2016 presidential election.

"The community in Wiseman's latest film is rural, ageing, and overwhelmingly white: in contrast with his most recent productions. The citizens of Monrovia voted 76% in favour of Trump. In his trademark observational style, the 89-year-old Wiseman patiently films this pro-gun, pro-god farming town as the locals go about their daily lives. He follows them into church, town planning meetings, a masonic ceremony, a funeral, a wedding, barbershops and beauty parlours. He captures the old guys at the diner discussing ill health and dead acquaintances. This is the Middle America frequently referred to in American media, however, it is about as far from fake-news as one could get." (Sydney Film Festival)

2018143 minsUSA
DocumentaryFestival & Independent
Director:
Frederick Wiseman ('Titicut Follies', 'Ex Libris: The New York Public Library', 'At Berkeley')
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Variety

Variety

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Pleasurably low-key if not among his most invaluable recent works, Frederick Wiseman's latest American opus takes a long, slow look at a rural red-state town.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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The unavoidable political implications of "Monrovia, Indiana" give its observations an undeniable urgency.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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In its austere way, this is classic Wiseman, a film that takes us into the heart of a community and reveals its inner workings, comforts, fractures and traumas.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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Legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman turns his camera on a pro-gun, pro-God Midwestern town and gives us a landmark view of what it looks like to live in Trump's America.

4.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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The result is surprisingly companionable and enjoyable, an unhurried look at a location that is in no kind of rush, a place that is concerned most of all with preserving the way it's always been.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Wiseman in a minor key.

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Variety

Variety

press

Pleasurably low-key if not among his most invaluable recent works, Frederick Wiseman's latest American opus takes a long, slow look at a rural red-state town.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The unavoidable political implications of "Monrovia, Indiana" give its observations an undeniable urgency.

0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

In its austere way, this is classic Wiseman, a film that takes us into the heart of a community and reveals its inner workings, comforts, fractures and traumas.

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman turns his camera on a pro-gun, pro-God Midwestern town and gives us a landmark view of what it looks like to live in Trump's America.

4.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The result is surprisingly companionable and enjoyable, an unhurried look at a location that is in no kind of rush, a place that is concerned most of all with preserving the way it's always been.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Wiseman in a minor key.

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