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July 22–28, 2016

Chicago Premiere

The Other Side

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Cannes Film Fest
Critics' Pick "Powerful and disturbing"
  —New York Times
4 stars "An unvarnished glimpse into a seldom depicted world... In spite of his characters' actions, [director Roberto] Minervini miraculously captures traces of profound humanity"
  —The Guardian
3 stars½ "As a piece of somber political filmmaking, The Other Side is, despite its exposure of such self-ruinously un-American acts...about as quintessentially American a text as one could hope for in today's divided union"
  —Slant Magazine
"It is that basic formal honesty that makes The Other Side a film to be felt and experienced for what it does to you rather than for what it is supposed to mean"
  —Cinema Scope
"There is a compassion in this filmmaking that is markedly lacking in America's attitude towards the people it pushes to its outer fringes"
  —Screen International
3 stars½ "[A] beautifully disquieting immersion in Louisiana lives... miraculously managing to find a serene beauty amid so much desperation and squalor, honoring its characters without letting them off easy"
  —Chicago Tribune
Recommended "Disquieting yet compassionate... It's like Larry Clark with stakes, with a beating heart, or Harmony Korine with candor instead of vaudeville"
  —NewCity Chicago

The Other Side is an indelible, surprising, and often unnerving portrait of bayou nihilism as well as a graphic depiction of Louisiana's dirt poor and the Texan libertarian militia. Focusing primarily on Louisianian junkies Mark Kelley and Lisa Allen, filmmaker Roberto Minervini (Stop the Pounding Heart) immerses us in their daily routines, shooting up, shooting their mouths off, and just plain shooting, with an eye and ear for unexpected poetry and comedy, as well as for the political ramifications of their downtrodden, hedonistic libertarianism.

Minervini tactfully presents his subjects in all their contradictions, permitting them a freedom that contrasts with the liberties they paranoiacally intend to protect from the federal government. In an election year of inflammatory rhetoric, it is hard to imagine a more topical or essential film, in this unflinching but pungent slice of raw Americana.

Directed by Roberto Minervini, 2015, France/Italy, 92 mins.


  • Fri., July 22 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., July 23 at 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., July 24 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon. & Thurs., July 25 & 28 at 7 pm
  • Tues.–Wed., July 26–27 at 7 & 9 pm
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$5 for Facets Members

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