For his fourth film The Other Side, the Italian-American director Roberto Minervini again follows the technique he developed for his previous Texas trilogy, of which Low Tide (2012) and Stop the Pounding Heart (2013) could be seen at IFFR. With the smallest possible crew and in close co-operation with his protagonists, he sets up long takes that are shot in one go.
The first protagonists here are Mark and Lisa, a couple of drug addicts from the backwoods of Louisiana, where over sixty percent of the population is unemployed. At first sight, you would write them off as white trash, but the intimacy with which they allow the camera to share their lives in the social trash can soon changes that preconception. Just as the reactionary militia members who appear in the second part of the film also gradually acquire a profile thanks to Minervini's lyrical and painfully real approach.

Filmmaker
Roberto Minervini
Country
France, Italy
Year
2015
Medium
DCP
Length
92’
Language
English
Producer
Muriel Meynard, Paolo Benzi, Dario Zonta
Production Company
AGAT Films & Cie, Okta Film
Sales
Doc & Film International
Writer
Roberto Minervini
Cinematography
Diego Romero Suarez-Llanos
Editor
Marie-Hélène Dozo
Production Design
Pierre Huot
Sound Design
Bernat Fortiana Chico