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Wisconsin Death Trip Review


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Chances are you have never seen a film quite like Wisconsin Death Trip. At once a bleak documentary and an experimental fictional recreation of tragic events in a small town in Wisconsin during the 1890s, the film is unique in the way that it captures specific events and deals with larger themes about the poignancy of life and the tragedy of death.

It begins innocuously enough in the film's prologue which states, "It is safe to assume that nowhere in the length and breadth of this great continent of ours can be found a more desirable residence than Black River Falls." Then we hear what sounds like a gunshot but is in fact a camera flash, next we see the dead body of a little girl being put in a casket, then the credits come up, and next we see the awkward image from the ground looking straight up at a pair of dangling feet of a man who has hung himself. At this point it's obvious the film will take its title literally.

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