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Songs my brothers taught me.

Shot and largely cast on location, Chloe Zhao's debut feature, "Songs My Brothers Taught Me," is a very low-key portrait of life on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. This sparely plotted slice-of-life may in fact be a little too low-key for some viewers, yet its poetic minimalism is atmospheric, with eventual emotional payoff in some incisively written scenes and a surprisingly effusive wrapup; the pic's satisfyingly poignant sum impact makes its occasionally near-monotonous quietude pay off. Despite marginal commercial prospects, it should accumulate its share of fest travel before scoring niche cable and on-demand sales of the Sundance Channel/Selects ilk.

DIRECTOR: Chloe Zhao

CAST: John Reddy, JaShaun St. John, Irene Bedard, Taysha Fuller, Eleonore Hendricks, Travis Lone Hill, Cat Clifford, Kevin Hunter, Derrick Janis, Dakota Brown, Allen Reddy

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Author:Harvey, Dennis
Publication:Variety
Article Type:Movie review
Date:Feb 10, 2015
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