Sweetgrass (2009)

Filmmakers Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor continue their work capturing the stark beauty and danger of the Western landscape with this documentary. With only a soundtrack as narration, Sweetgrass tracks shepherds through Montana… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 26, 2009
DVD Release Date: August 3, 2010
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: At once tender and unsentimental, Sweetgrass gracefully captures the beauty and hardships of a dying way of life.

Jason Anderson
Toronto Star

If there's anything we can learn from the creatures here, it's that any day in which you don't get stripped of your coat or eaten by a bear is probably a good one.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

It's a gorgeous and, believe it or not, riveting documentary...about sheep.

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

[The directors] portray something indelible by capturing the rancher's old-hand ways.

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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

There are audience rewards for sticking with the herd and its lonesome cowboys.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

It may not be your thing, but Sweetgrass is unlike anything you'll see in a theater this year. It bravely strays from the flock.

Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

The talk is sheep. And normally, I'd say baa humbug to sitting down with lambs for 90 minutes. But any apprehension. abates under the power of a documentary that's as beautiful as it is informative.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Instead of rounding up information, this documentary about an arduous sheep drive across Montana is driven by the beauty of the landscape.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Filmmakers Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor rigorously follow the cinema-verité creed: no sonorous Morgan Freeman voiceovers, no explanatory intertitles until the finale, just carefully observed reality.

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Alistair Harkness

As it progresses it begins to strike a subtly elegiac, unsentimental tone...

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
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"Sweetgrass" is a stunningly photographed documentary about the process of sheep farming in Montana. The movie keeps the human subjects at a… More

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