Thursday, 15 September 2011

Bombay Beach ★★☆☆☆

"Bombay Beach unfortunately culminates into a film which - despite its sensual elegance - is nothing more than an overblown ballet of personal misery"

Israeli director Alma Har'el has used her background in music video production (she directed videos for Beirut's Elephant Gun and Postcards from Italy) to add a surrealist edge to her documentary Bombay Beach (2011), a dreamlike portrait of human endurance in all its varying guises.

Bombay Beach focuses on a small American community inhabiting the remains of a once prosperous holiday town, which is now nothing more than a trace memory of better times. This thoughtful voyage into the core of human behaviour allows each of Bombay Beach's townsfolk the opportunity to share their entrancing back-stories and unique ability to survive amidst what is little more that an isolated dust bowl.


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