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The Exiles

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The Exiles

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
72 minutes
Limited Release Date:
07/11/08
director:
Kent MacKenzie
distributor:
Milestone
author:
Kent MacKenzie
genre:
Drama

We gave it an A-

John Cassavetes is so revered as the founding father of independent film that it isn’t widely known he had peers. One of them was Kent Mackenzie, who shot The Exiles, a ghostly and startling tale of Native Americans in Los Angeles — a fusion of documentary and fiction — in the late ’50s. Never previously released, it’s a revelation. Mackenzie follows a dozen lonely men and women through a night of drinking, wandering, and dreaming, and he touches something elemental: the temper of American life before people camouflaged their sadness in irony. The L.A. images are like Weegee photographs come to life. A-

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