Depressing subject matter and deliberately drab look are likely to limit audiences.
Toronto International Film Festival
Undermines viewers with annoying gaffes in plot and character logic and odd shifts in tone.
A fitfully intriguing and sometimes frustrating mix of documentary elements.
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All that's missing is a prefatory title urging projectionists to play it loud.
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