Monrovia, Indiana (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Monrovia, Indiana finds Frederick Wiseman observing the citizens of one small American town with his typically patient - and ultimately revealing - approach.

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Forty-six million Americans live in rural, small town America. These towns were once the backbone of American life. While their number and populations have shrunk, the importance of rural America as a formative center of American politics and values was demonstrated in the 2016 presidential election. To understand more about American life, it is important acknowledge the unique and important contributions small towns make to American character and culture, in addition to providing most of our food, raw materials and drinking water. The film explores the conflicting stereotypes and illustrates how values like community service, duty, spiritual life, generosity and authenticity are formed, experienced and lived. The film gives a complex and nuanced view of daily life in Monrovia and provides some understanding of a rural, mid-American way of life that has always been important in America but whose influence and force have not always been recognized or understood in the big cities on the east and west coasts of America and in other countries.

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Like all of Wiseman's films, "Monrovia, Indiana" possesses almost meditative power.

November 7, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

As usual, Wiseman's scenes extend for long stretches, which can be an acquired taste for some viewers. Yet this time around, he ends his film with one of the most shattering sequences of his career...

November 6, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Given enough time, Wiseman would conceivably want to make documentaries about everything. That's amazing. What's even more amazing: If anyone could actually do it, it's Wiseman

November 6, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

November 1, 2018 | Full Review…

These are lovely images, but they leave a disturbing aftertaste. The final take away from Monrovia, Indiana, is that the town is a great place to be an inanimate object.

November 1, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

October 26, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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