Shed Your Tears and Walk Away

Movies, Documentary
4 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars
The tourist-magnet of Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire may look picture-postcard pretty, but the reality for those who actually grew up there is a different story. After a number of his old schoolmates committed suicide, film-maker Lewis decided to document the seemingly unbreakable cycle of drink, drugs and depression afflicting the town’s forgotten underclass. The resulting portrait of lives teetering on the brink of self-destruction has the fierce intimacy and burning compassion of a Nan Goldin photo, encouraging us to confront our own knee-jerk disdain for these superstrength lager-downing wasters, and, like the filmmaker, respond to the human vulnerability manifest in their stumbling misadventures. A raw, genuinely affecting discovery.

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Jez Lewis

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