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In This World Review


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From the bombed out ruins of Afghanistan to the Red Cross outlets of London, Michael Winterbottom moves from A to B to C to D (with stops along the way in Iran, Turkey, and France) in his new digital feature In This World as Pashtun refugees flee their decimated homeland. Though he beats a fierce political drum in the name of universal humanity, Winterbottom's movie is a visceral experience more than a liberal sermon. It's as exhausting as it is stunning to behold.

Told in his usual you-are-there style, with aggressive handheld cameras pursuing his subjects, Winterbottom keeps his story on the ground level, which is to say the human level. He hit his stride with his own brand of expressive naturalism with his Thomas Hardy adaptation, The Claim. One of the most prolific of modern filmmakers, Winterbottom brought joy to the world with his Manchester-based swirl of post-punk music in 24 Hour Party People.

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