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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

USA, 2001 (MIFF 2003, Documentaries)

Director: Frederick Wiseman

"The world of reality television wouldn't exist without Frederick Wiseman's lingering examinations of fragments of society. And those who've grown up watching such programs should look at this film to see what it's like to investigate a scene without being rushed. Wiseman's relaxed detachment is integral to the way the stories unfold in Domestic Violence.Ten minutes into the film you'll be white-knuckled and unable to look away"—New York Times

"This exploration of aTampa, Florida shelter for battered women, of the world of spousal abuse—and of the victims, predators, police and counselors all drawn into its orbit—is a unique expenence and a harrowing one.

"On the surface, it's often oddly calm. Inwardly, it's always seething with latent violence. It's one of Wiseman's great documentaries—on a level with his classics High School, Welfare and TheTiticut Follies.And it's not an easy film to watch, though most people who do see it will find it impossible to forget."—Metro Mix

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