A small community on the suburban fringes of Baltimore convenes for the funeral of 24-year-old Cory, dead from an overdose. This shoestring-budget flick opts for raw realism in its depiction of the working-class protagonists: a convincing portrait of a place torn apart by unemployment, social alienation, drugs and splintered family structures. Though essentially fiction, Putty Hill integrates interviews with the (local) actors, acquiring documentary authenticity without disrupting its flow, but it cannot overcome the absence of a script.
Putty Hill | Directed by Matthew Porterfield (USA 2010) with Skye Ferreira, Zoe Vance. Starts September 29