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      Dirt Road to Lafayette

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      Alison Rowat The Herald (Scotland) Kelman's minimal plot/stream of consciousness style, which works so brilliantly on the page, is not enough to fuel a film badly in need of more meat on its bones. Rated: 3/5 Jul 2, 2018 Full Review Alistair Harkness Scotsman Lacks any vibrancy. Rated: 2/5 Jun 28, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      isla s This film is, above all else, a film about a teenage boy's love of music - accordion music (i.e. folk music), primarily. I really enjoyed the accordion music, the scenes set in American bars and at festivals, with infectious rhythms played and crowds of people clapping along, the fun was somehow rather infectious. While its, of course, partly a sad film, due to the boys loss that prompted the trip to the US, it felt somewhat uplifting too and I appreciated that as I kind of needed to see that sort of a film at the moment. While it is certainly a bit cheesy, plot wise at times and indeed the plot is a bit thin (I'd have liked to see more of the dad, for instance), for the music alone I would recommend this film, yes. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Murdo's gift for music helps him find and establish a new home and family in the US after losing his Mom and Sister and moving from Scotland. I admire the actor's talents and solemn portrayal of a grieving young man set in the Deep South Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Cameron M Though rich in culture and music, The Dirt Road to Lafayette's pensive stroll is more of a melancholic traipse due to sluggish pacing, unnecessary side characters, and an over-reliance on songs in place of character development. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/19/20 Full Review julia p Enjoyed all the music, but the "drama" was a little too slow.... I had little empathy for the characters. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Beautifully shot, complex portrait of the Deep South (USA), seen through the eye of a young person utterly new to the milieu, and who connects through the context of music. Unexpectedly, there were extended scenes of actual musicians playing and singing, which was enjoyable, but also meant a slow pace. The writer is a Scottish person who has also lived in the US for long periods of time, and had some insightful things to say about both the way outsiders (particularly Brits) can see it as rather monolithic/ confined to stereotypes, and also about the meanings of tiny interactions there in everyday life that connect to wider issues such as historical and current race relations. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Kenny Glenaan