Bob and the Trees
Directed by Diego Ongaro
Bob, a 50-year-old logger in rural Massachusetts with a soft spot for golf and gangsta rap, is struggling to make ends meet in a changed economy. When his beloved cow is wounded and a job goes awry, Bob begins to heed the instincts of his ever-darkening self.
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★★★★ review by Joey Trimmer on Letterboxd
This is real. A vérité film about a logger and farmer named Bob whom after a particularly stressful day of work finds solace in blasting rap in his pickup truck.
This is a movie. It's a slice of life film about blue-collar workers scraping by, living hand to mouth. Am I a hypocrite for renting this movie on my Apple TV while enjoying delivery dinner and glamorizing their way of life? Yes. Yes I am. Because I've known people like this and I lived and worked with people like this. They've earned everything and work incredibly hard.
This is real.
★★★★ review by Chris Monks on Letterboxd
Simple, slow and oddly beautiful.
★★★★ review by brittany182 on Letterboxd
I enjoyed this so much. Set in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, real-life logger Bob Tarasuk plays a semi-fictionalized version of himself coping with the curveballs that mother nature and society are throwing at him during a snowy winter. Director Diego Ongaro grew up in Paris but met Bob when he moved to the Berkshires. The cast is mostly made up of amateur and first-time actors (professional actress Polly MacIntyre is great as Bob's wife). In fact, Bob's real life son-in-law plays his son in the film. Much of the dialogue was improvised so that it would feel more natural without the cast having to memorize pages of lines. This creates such an authenticity that makes it seem that the film is bordering on documentary territory. Furthermore, Bob's penchant for singing along to gangsta rap made him instantly relatable.
★★★½ review by Fabio on Letterboxd
Interesting piece of filmmaking, this is what Sundance should be more about.
★★★½ review by walshap on Letterboxd
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