Ended on 3/13/2008

THE UNFORSEEN -  (unrated)

2007 - USA - English - 88 minutes - Cinema Guild

Directed by: Laura Dunn

Featuring: Gary Bradley, Judah Folkman, William Greider, Willie Nelson, Robert Redford, Ann Richards


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An urgent, beautifully crafted documentary about urban sprawl and its impact on the environment. Initiated by a suggestion from legendary director Terrence Malick (Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line), THE UNFORESEEN links one community’s struggle to protect a beloved natural spring from a massive suburban development into a larger examination of the unseen forces reshaping the American landscape.

“Essential viewing! Laura Dunn's astonishing debut doc feature THE UNFORESEEN is the kind of transformative viewing experience that has made the current period a golden age for nonfiction film. As a cinematic contemplation of human activity on the planet, it far surpasses 'An Inconvenient Truth'.” - Robert Koehler, Variety

“An ingeniously scaled, unusually resonant documentary.”
- Nathan Lee, Village Voice

“Laura Dunn’s stunning THE UNFORESEEN tells a classic Americana tale…with the most extraordinary photography this side of Terrence Malick.”
- Logan Hill, New York Magazine

“The Best film at the 2007 Sundance film festival, hands down.”
- Gavin Smith, Film Comment


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Posted by : Kelly Jackson Date Added: 2/29/2008 1:53:56 AMreport this post 
Sure to be one of the best movies of 2008.

Posted by : Buddy Green Date Added: 2/29/2008 1:44:41 PMreport this post 
A documentary that doesn't forget to also be a movie, educational, informative and also entertaining. I highly recommend it.

Posted by : W. Sewell Date Added: 2/29/2008 1:46:54 PMreport this post 
A beautifully filmed movie with two groups polarized on the difficult conflict of development versus the protection of natural places, portrayed as purposeful even passionate in support of their respective beliefs. Dunn, obviously pro environment, does an admiral job of portraying the views of the developer world, without being heavy handed.

Posted by : D. McGroder Date Added: 2/29/2008 10:23:44 PMreport this post 
I haven't seen the film yet, but would like to. I live in Northern Virginia outside Wash DC, where the sprawl started in the 80s, I guess, and continues further out today. Our street dead-ends at one of the last private horse farms in Fairfax county, which is now sadly being developed with houses twice the size of its neighbors. It would be really nice if this film could be shown in our nation's capital.

Posted by : E. Date Added: 4/3/2008 1:15:44 AMreport this post 
This is one of the best documentaries I have seen in a very long time. It's never strident or aggressive, instead allowing the images and interviews to tell a rich and complicated story about the human and natural price of urban sprawl. And the conclusions it draws are not obvious, either: this film isn't just about the conflict between environmentalists and developers, but about the limits of the earth itself to support unchecked, unaccountable growth. Please check out this film!

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     Total Comments:  8   Lowest vote: 3  Highest vote: 5
Average Score: 4.0 out of 5
 

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