It doesn't bode well: an unprepossessing title, an unheard-of production team, a synopsis – a portrait of the Ross brothers' hometown of Sidney, Ohio – which seems to promise little more than downhome self-indulgence served with warm apple pie. And perhaps it's just those lowered expectations going to work, but '45365' feels like one of the most satisfying, original and enjoyable films in this year's LFF lineup: taking their cues from early Errol Morris, specifically 'Vernon, Florida', with little dashes of everyone from Mark Twain to Harmony Korine, the Rosses have created a dizzingly detailed, thoughtful, sympathetic but highly pragmatic celebration of the modern Midwest in all its beauty, complexity, stupidity and brilliance. If you've ever wanted to watch two informed rednecks argue passionately over whether The Who's 'Squeezebox' is about an accordion or a dildo, look no further.
Bill Ross, Turner Ross
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