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Monrovia, Indiana (2018)



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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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Regardless of the movie's elusive agenda, Monrovia, Indiana is an immersive wonder, thanks to Wiseman's masterful ability to assemble images that lead from one painterly visual to the next.

September 6, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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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.

September 5, 2018 | Full Review…
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Wiseman in a minor key.

September 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Wiseman said that he wanted to share his view of this way of life, and the film he has delivered is a deeply compassionate and wholesome portrait of it.

October 17, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Monrovia, Indiana may not be Wiseman's best work, but it's still a meaningful and thoughtful elegy for a specific era of American rural life and a needed counterweight to Wiseman's examinations of coastal cities.

October 17, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Wiseman, now 88, is one of America's greatest living directors, but Monrovia, Indiana isn't one of his major films... Yet it shows him addressing crises of the moment.

October 12, 2018 | Full Review…

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