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  • Actors: Sky Ferreira, Cody Ray, Dustin Ray, James Siebor Jr., Zoe Vance
  • Directors: Matthew Porterfield
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Moviolla
  • DVD Release Date: 22 April 2013
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BDR8RTU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,282 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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PUTTY HILL is the second feature from celebrated young ILM-MAKING JASON SOLOMONS, THE OBSERVER filmmaker Matt Porterfield who delivers a beautifully realised and nuanced portrait of a close knit community surviving on the outskirts of Baltimore.

At a neighbourhood bar, on the eve of his funeral, friends and family gather to reflect on the life of a young man, Cory, who has tragically died following a heroin overdose in an abandoned house. Knowing little about his final days, they attempt to reconstruct his life and in doing so end up revealing their own. Porterfield has produced an evocative picture of working-class America, dislocated from the progress and mobility that surrounds them, their shared memories paint a portrait of a community hanging in the balance, skewed by poverty, city living, and a generational divide, yet united in their pursuit of an alternative American dream. Exquisitely shot and employing a rich variety of cinematic techniques, PUTTY HILL is one of the most exciting American indie films in years.

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'One of the most original and atmospheric indie movies I've seen in ages. --Guardian

A wondrous movie... Extraordinary... If there's an independent cinema, this movie is it, and if there's a new director, here he is. --Richard Brody, The New Yorker

A wondrous movie... Extraordinary... If there's an independent cinema, this movie is it, and if there's a new director, here he is. --Richard Brody, The New Yorker

A wondrous movie... Extraordinary... If there's an independent cinema, this movie is it, and if there's a new director, here he is. --Richard Brody, The New Yorker

A wondrous movie... Extraordinary... If there's an independent cinema, this movie is it, and if there's a new director, here he is. --Richard Brody, The New Yorker

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American screenwriter and director Matthew Porterfield`s second feature film which he co-wrote with screenwriter Jordan Mintzer, premiered in the Forum section at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival in 2010, was shot on locations in Baltimore, Maryland in America and is an American production which was produced by producers Eric Bannat, Steve Holmgren, Jordan Mintzer and Joyce Kim. It tells the story about a 24-year-old man named Cory who has died from a heroin overdose and his family, friends and those who knew of him.

Distinctly and subtly directed by American filmmaker Matthew Porterfield, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints, draws a reflective portrayal of how various human beings are affected by the death of a young man and especially his sister named Zoe who has returned to Baltimore from Delaware to attend his upcoming funeral. While notable for its authentic and distinct milieu depictions, prominent cinematography by cinematographer Jeremy Saulnier and use of sound, this conversational story where the main character is the only character whom is not physically present centres its focus on numerous characters and their individual and related stories.

This humanistic and earth-bounded drama which is set during a summer in a closely connected community in the United States and where an approaching memorial causes contemplation amongst many, is impelled and reinforced by its loose narrative structure, subtle character development and continuity, abrupt editing, documentary-like style and the naturalistic acting performances by actors and actresses Sky Ferreira, Cody Ray, Dustin Ray, Zoe Vance, James Siebor, Cathy Evans, Ed Sauer and Virginia Heath. A cinematic, atmospheric and modernistic indie from the late 2000s where the style of filmmaking is given more substance than the characters.
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Awesome film 👌
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Great movie
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3.0 out of 5 stars Has It's Moments 20 Jan. 2014
By mr. contrarian - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are a fan of naturalistic, documentary style footage of poor folks, this has it. If you demand plot and action, this doesn't have it. Since the subject is the funeral of a young man who overdosed on drugs, much of it consists of people commenting on his life and the relatives in general. There is even a strange post-wake party at a low budget karaoke bar and diner with a hired deejay. I hesitate to call this "poverty porn" but the backstory is nowhere near as compelling as "Winter's Bone" which was a must see. "Putty Hill" simply loses it's energy and focus halfway through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully made movie 8 Feb. 2013
By David Joyner - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a 2-disc set of movies made by Matt Porterfield, a filmmaker living in Baltimore. He directed both films and either wrote or co-wrote both as well. His movies are artistic and are filmed in Baltimore. This collection also has some extras and commentaries by the director. These are well-made dramas, with strong visuals, about young people's lives in Baltimore. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creative and entertaining 9 July 2013
By Charles Harper - Published on Amazon.com
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Good reality view of Baltimore life. Matt is destined to be a big name someday based on these movies so early in his career.
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