Songs My Brothers Taught Me

This complex portrait of modern-day life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation explores the bond between a brother and his younger sister, who find themselves on separate paths to rediscovering the meaning of home.


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  • ★★★★★ review by Aleski on Letterboxd

    This is one of the most beautiful / sad movie I've seen this year. I love the way Chloé Zhao worked with the scenario and the actors, I love how she shot it, the light is incredible, the music is amazing.

    + I'm so happy this movie has been distributed in France because we never talk / see / hear about native americans' living conditions.

    (bonus : directed, written and produced by women ! yay !)

  • ★★★½ review by megan on Letterboxd

    disclaimer: I really thought I was going to hate this style of filmmaking but damn was I wrong. this is such a beautiful story with just as beautiful cinematography and characters. 

    also, the song her brother taught her was macklemore’s “thrift shop”???

  • ★★★★★ review by Chuck Forsman on Letterboxd

    Beautiful and honest. Like Terrence Mallick and Larry Clark telling a story about young people living on a reservation.

  • ★★★★½ review by elizard on Letterboxd

    although my watching experience was interrupted by my good friend getting sick and passing out in the middle from the shaky cam, candy and soda she'd just eaten, and amount of weed we'd consumed prior to arriving, chloe knocked the wind out of me while simultaneously igniting my love of realism and curiosity of subcultures.

  • ★★★½ review by Gus Johnson on Letterboxd

    First draft on The Rider. The true, current American western. Abandoned and poor reservation life in the Badlands but these families remain resilient and passionate.

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