A keen observation of a sun-dappled and still-watered swamp, Uncertain contemplates a frequently overlooked and enigmatic town whose lake, and only real source of income, comes under threat from an aquatic nuisance of the botanical variety. Perhaps unsurprisingly for a site so-named, there is a lack of consensus about the Texas town's origin: whether the result of a surveyor's confusion when marking an early map, or steamboat captains' belief that docking there was an unknowable, impossible task, an auspicious beginning is offered for the unsettled and yearning inhabitants.
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★★★★ review by Brian Tallerico on Letterboxd
An unexpectedly great film. Review on RE tomorrow.
★★★½ review by C.J. on Letterboxd
Review soon for WTI/Hot Docs. Basically the best thing I've seen so far at the festival. Takes an issue any other filmmaker would use as the primary 'story' but reduces it to the background, using it as a thematic link between the far more fascinating human stories going on around it.
★★★★★ review by griffin dunne's monobrow on Letterboxd
'As much as I hate to say it, I've been outsmarted by this hog.'
★★★½ review by Flo Lieb on Letterboxd
A fascinating look at a handful of people on the margins of society. Love the name of the town leading to beautiful phrasings like The Church of Uncertain.
"Uncertain is not on the way to anywhere", the local sheriff tells us. "You've either got to know where you're going or be lost to find it."
Here we meet people who struggle with who they are and their circumstances like Zach, a borderline alcoholic with diabetes. But also other citizens who already wrestled with their demons to come out at the other end. Like Wayne Smith, himself a recovering alcoholic, now living in a trailer park claiming he "built a life beyond anything we ever dreamed".
That statement shows you where the man comes from to appreciate what little he has this much.
He knows he did bad stuff, but he knows he did good stuff too, "Mr. Henry" later admits. While hoping he makes the cut to join heaven to meet his family in the afterlife.
"Uncertain is a good place to hide", the sheriff claimed. But as it turns out it also is a good place to find something.
★★★★ review by Russell Holley on Letterboxd
Some jaw-dropping beautiful cinematography and a really captivating collection of misfit characters but it didn't go quite as deep with their stories as I was hoping.
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