Low Tide

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Low Tide

Roberto Minervini
USA/B/I, 2012
92min, 0meU

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Low Tide

Roberto Minervini
USA/B/I, 2012
, 92min, 0meU

Cast: 
Daniel Blanchard
Boy
Melissa McKinney
Mother
Vernon Wilbanks
Vernon
Colby Trichell
Bull rider
Screenplay: 
Roberto Minervini
Sound: 
Julian McKenna
Camera: 
Diego Romero
Editor: 
Marie-Hélène Dozo
Composer: 
Jeff Kelly
Jose Villalobos

Production: 
Pulpa Entertainment
Ondarossa Film
Poliana Productions
Format: 
DCP
Color

The reason there is little dialog in LOW TIDE is not only due to its setting. In the small communities around Houston, people obviously don’t talk much, and the young boy who lives with his single mom has even less to say. His life consists of taking care of his mother when she has had too much to drink the night before and can’t make it to her low-paying job at the hospital.
Roberto Minervini focuses solely on the everyday life of the boy, who remains nameless throughout the film, observing him as he performs household chores in his surroundings: a nearby trailer park, a pond that serves as a place of refuge, and a slaughterhouse. In the process, Minervini makes us aware of the boy’s exceptional inner turmoil, concealed by routine and boredom. A drastic act at the end pulls us out of that reality.
LOW TIDE is the logical continuation of Minervini’s survey of his Texas homeland and reveals the European influence of works by the Dardenne brothers and Ken Loach. While telling us about social coldness, this intense and intimate film is full of warmth itself. (Michael Pekler)

Last minute change into OmeU.

In the presence of Roberto Minervini

Roberto Minervini: THE PASSAGE (2011), STOP THE POUNDING HEART (2013), THE OTHER SIDE (2015), WHAT YOU GONNA DO WHEN THE WORLD’S ON FIRE? (2018)