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Set in the Watts area of Los Angeles, a slaughterhouse worker must suspend his emotions to continue working at a job he finds repugnant, and then he finds he has little sensitivity for the family he works so hard to support.
By turns funny, sad, and profound, Killer of Sheep offers a sympathetic and humane glimpse into inner-city life.
A film that is hard to forget.
Burnett's documentarian empathy, coupled with his easygoing skill as a dramatic essayist, result in a film that doesn't look, feel or breathe like any American work of its generation.
It's to Burnett's credit that he is able to observe problems of class and race without narrowing his vision to become an 'issues movie' or a sermon.
It may fill you with despair or offer up relief, but you will not be unmoved.
[A] gem ...
Nearly avant-garde in its purity
As timeless as the human condition.
A milestone of eloquent understatement that captures the daily life of have-nots as few American movies have.
The fantastic thing about this beautiful film is how little it tries to make a statement about anything; it is, simply, life.
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