Darwin (2011)

Darwin is a documentary film about an isolated community at the end of a weathered road in Death Valley, California. Propelled from society by tragic turns, the people of Darwin (population 35) must now find ways to coexist in a place… More

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Toronto Star

A dull place doesn't automatically become worthy of scrutiny when a camera lens is aimed at it.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

A droll and dusty portrait of a place where privacy is prized and boundaries respected.

Cynthia Fuchs

As Darwin shows again and again, not talking can be its own form of storytelling.

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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail

Depending on how you look at it, Darwin is either an affirmative record of proud outliers getting by on true grit or a grim snapshot of a community on its last, buckling legs.

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Refusing to patronise the participants of his film, Brandestini's use of a chilling score, beautiful photography and a keen sense of balance makes Darwin a fascinating and charming film.

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Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

Illuminating...To its credit, the documentary never leads viewers to laugh at the (eccentric) subjects' expense.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

"Darwin" is a beautiful, elegiac work with unexpected impact and meaning.

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

this alien landscape, shot wide by the Swiss filmmaker with an outsider's eye for the dustily hyperreal, is teeming with strange life and even stranger stories.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Atmospheric documentary set in Death Valley is surprisingly captivating.

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