The Facets Cinémathèque is located at 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. in Chicago. For more information on films playing in the Cinémathèque, please call 773-281-4114. To order advance tickets online, visit the TicketWeb website by clicking here.
"Astonishing in its simple beauty, amazing performances, and hypnotic pace" -John Waters, Artforum
"While it's been compared to David
Gordon Green's equally noncommercial George Washington (2000), with which it shares
sleepy rhythms and blue-collar, multiethnic small-town settings, it's a far more organic
piece of work.
"Plotless in the best sense...There's comparatively little dialogue throughout, but a
simmering uneasiness becomes visible in moments of near stillness" -Village Voice
"The movie operates primarily on the level of suggestion and insinuation...Yet beneath its
drowsy rhythms, the movie builds an ineffable sadness around the loneliness of teenage
parenting and the disconnect between sex and its consequences." -New York Times
"One of the most original, moving, and accomplished American independent films in recent
years" -New Yorker
"Visual poetry aside, what makes Hamilton a treasure is its thoughtful, unsentimental
fleshing out of lives often glimpsed (in movies and elsewhere) but rarely considered" -Time Out New York
"Hamilton is a tribute to the power of observation and mood" -New York Post
"Porterfield and cinematographer Jeremy Saulnier can find drama in something as small as the
complex rhythm of children on a swing set" -Chicago Reader
Hamilton chronicles two summer days in the life of a young family. Lena, an unwed
teenage mother, tries to connect with Joe, the father of her child, before she leaves for a
month-long vacation. She is currently living with his family while he has moved out into a
place of his own. It is a very simple story and the style is more observational and
evocative than strictly plot driven. We are given glimpses into these lives of these
characters, while not being allowed to see the entire story, and this approach actually adds
to the richness of the tale.. Shot in long takes without much dialogue, Hamilton is
reminiscent of the contemplative films of Terrence Malick and the most recent films of Gus
Van Sant. All of this requires an assured hand, and Hamilton delivers confident
direction, striking cinematography, and acting that rises to the challenge.
Matthew Porterfield, U.S.A., 2005, BetaSP, 65 mins.