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      Shed Your Tears and Walk Away

      2009 1h 30m Documentary Drama List
      100% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 69% Audience Score 50+ Ratings Cass comes to terms with his mortality and tries to end a cycle of self-destruction. Read More Read Less

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      Kieron Corless Sight & Sound The obliteration of distance between filmmaker and those being filmed carries over into the viewer's experience, an intimacy so raw and visceral you can practically smell the alcohol on his subjects' breath. Apr 6, 2017 Full Review Peter Bradshaw Guardian The director's real concern for Cass makes this film a compelling, heartfelt document. Rated: 4/5 Jun 10, 2010 Full Review Martyn Conterio Little White Lies Shed Your Tears and Walk Away is brave, honest, open-hearted filmmaking at its very best. Rated: 5/5 Jun 10, 2010 Full Review David Edwards Daily Mirror (UK) While rough and ready, this is a documentary that makes us come to care very deeply for these lost souls, even if you suspect all they need to do is move down to Foster's. Rated: 4/5 Jun 10, 2010 Full Review Matthew Turner ViewLondon Rated: 4/5 Jan 1, 1800 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Honest, gripping portrayal of addiction and its effects. Heart-breaking scenes of recovery and relapse. Indirectly questions whether there's a down-side to the gentrification of economically depressed towns. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Jez Lewis grew up in Hebden Bridge and was aware that an extremely large number of young people were dying of drink, drugs and suicide. He tracked down his oldest friend, Cass, an alcoholic who had been given two years to live. The film is very moving, exploring the lives and motivations of some of the town's drug addicts and alcoholics, and looking at the effects on their lives and families without being voyeuristic or unduly intrusive. The affection felt by Jez Lewis for those he filmed is very apparent and I urge anyone who watches the film to watch the accompanying discussion with Nick Broomfield which tells us a little more about unfilmed events which occurred during the time the film was made, and the fate of some of those shown. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member It's like iv always said about the countryside... Good, honest, wholesome London I say... Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Everybody should watch this, a truly great documentary about a town with a drug, alcohol and suicide problem overlooked by a majority of its residents - very shocking and sad yet also very touching how much the film maker cares for the people he films - just an amazing piece of filmmaking Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member 18th August Sad documentary about drug additction, alcoholism, death and suicide in Hebden Bridge - interesting focus on the personal stories but could have explorated why this happening more fully... Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Mike M Utterly raw and personal. Lewis tries to keep himself behind the camera, but (like the viewer) can't help but feel an urgent need to intervene: a hug here, a consoling pat on the shoulder or sobering phone call there. He uses the camera not as a way of keeping his distance, but to connect himself with his past and his audience to a stratum of society they might not have noticed (or chosen not to look at); finally, as a way of keeping his friends alive... "Shed Your Tears" is undeniably grim - I couldn't blame you, in this instance, if you chose to walk on by - and Lewis can't, finally, give us the closure both we and his friends and subjects so badly need, but he keeps the film honest and, above all else, humane. Here but for the grace of God, and a just society, goes every last one of us. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/13/10 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Cass comes to terms with his mortality and tries to end a cycle of self-destruction.
      Jez Lewis
      Rachel Wexler
      Jez Lewis
      Documentary, Drama
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      1h 30m