Tuesday, September 8, 2020

1115. The Exiles

The Exiles
1961
Directed by Kent Mackenzie


Surprise! I don't usually get in here during the week but I saw this rather obscure movie pop up on YouTube and wanted to watch it before it disappeared. So while you typically hear from cool, laid back Weekend Amanda, today you get tightly wound Weekday Amanda, who jumps at small noises and obsesses over deadlines.

The Exiles follows a group of Native Americans who have left their reservations to move to Bunker Hill, a neighborhood in Los Angeles. There isn't much of a plot, and we watch them do everyday things, like drink, socialize, buy gas, and shop for groceries.

It's very unusual to see Native Americans featured in movies; even Native American characters are typically played by white actors. That doesn't necessarily make the film the most riveting experience, but it's nice to get more representation. Also, for such a low budget movie, the cinematography was excellent. 

Weekday Amanda is pretty succinct.

RATING: ***--

Interesting Facts:

Bunker Hill was also featured in the writings of Raymond Chandler, John Fante, and Charles Bukowski.


1 comment:

  1. I found the characters of Yvonne and Homer sad. They are like the fool and the asshole, stuck in their miserable life. Probably realistic, but depressing.

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