October Country

L Magazine reviews the documentary about a family's hard luck in the Mohawk Valley.

The documentary's co-director, never identified or referred to by the people onscreen, who took the photographs and wrote the essays that eventually led to its making, clearly "escaped" and "made something of himself." This fact, along with the persevering wit of the clan's younger members, smuggles glints of light and hope into the sometimes oppressively dreary portrait of lower middle class American malaise.