Town or Circus?
Review by Ross Anthony

Intriguing at first, crisp and fresh in its raw, gritty, first-person perspective on the hard circus life on the road. Especially interesting is how the circus people and the town people view each other and how difficult, if impossible, it is for those two worlds to find common ground. That's the tight-rope walk, the high-wire act. But in real life, it seems, the opposites can't share the same place long. But as the family born into it says, “The Circus is Forever.”

By the halfway point, the documentary had little left to bring to light, save for the loose ends of this particular family's affairs. I grew a bit impatient. I quite enjoyed the side-panning shots of town's houses, besides being visually artistic, these sequences echoed the film's themes and provided solid bridges.

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  • Circo. Copyright © 2011.
  • Directed by Aaron Schock. Written by Mark Becker. First Run Features.

Grade..........................B (2/4)

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