Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, August 20, 2010

(US/UK/France2009—directed by Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor)

A one-of-a-kind documentary, Sweetgrass captures the spectacular journey of some modern-day cowboys, wrangling thousands of sheep as they move across Montana’s Mountains. Twenty-first century cowboys call their mothers on cell phones and complain (with raw language) about rainy weather, ornery sheep and exhausted horses. Variety called Sweetgrass “a mad cross between Howard Hawks’s Red River and Tex Avery’s Drag-Along Droopy” – shockingly beautiful, it’s at once funny, awe-inspiring and endearing. By the end we understand the exasperated cowboy who screams profanities at this sea of stubborn, bleating beasts over which he struggles to reign. In an era of computer-generated images, here’s a reminder that there’s no spectacle more breathtaking than this planet unadorned. (101 min.)

“Once man and beast make it to pasture, nature overwhelms the screen and even our minds.” Manhola Dargis, The New York Times
Friday, August 20 at 7:00 p.m.