Monday, 16 April 2012

Bombay Beach

A recent flight from Tokyo to London meant twelve hours of trying to keep busy. This usually means trawling through a pretty random selection of chick flicks and action movies, but I was very happy to come across a documentary called Bombay Beach. It is a beautifully shot piece, following three residents of Bombay Beach, a once smart vacation resort in Southern California in the 1950s that is now a rather sad and desolate place.

The director, Alma Har'el, spent several months living there and filming the residents and she has created a film that is in turns uplifting and very sad. This is helped by the beautiful cinematography (reminiscent of a William Eggleston photograph) and the haunting sound track using music by Beirut and Bob Dylan.

You can find out more about the film here.

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