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Darwin (2011)

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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 without a government, a church, jobs, or children. The near-ghost town's survival depends on a fragile, gravity-fed waterline that descends from the mountains where top-secret weapons are being tested. One 'accidental' drop of a bomb, they half-joke, could wipe out their entire town.

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

August 24, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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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.

August 24, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

August 19, 2011 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The documentary ultimately doesn't so much flesh out its subjects as slowly tear their Band-Aids off after some administering some putatively good-natured noogies.

August 13, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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

August 11, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5

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.

October 18, 2011 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

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