Hot Docs: Carny

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Toronto – One of the movies I had wanted to watch quite a bit was a little documentary by Allison Murray called “Carny” which is – “An intimate, gritty and poetic adventure following the lives of carnies, traveling fairground workers who have abandoned the security of the “real world” for the refuge and variety of the road.” according to the website.

Its really hard to write a review when you are listening to the Flight of the Conchords cd. I have to say. Anyways, I’ll do my best. So how was this documentary? It was alrite. Sometimes, the camera was a bit shaky but that’s hardly a complaint. Most of the documentary followed a few characters – all outsiders who somehow found family in the carny. The characters include – a lesbian with a troubled past, a odd threesome, a guy who was born into it and some other random people. All winners. Haha, no seriously. It’s a look into why the carnies do what they do (travel town to town and work for ridiculously low rates). The pay is not good for Carnies, let me tell you.

My only complaint with the film is that I think the documentary takes the most extreme of cases for characters working in the carnival. Maybe it is to make it more dramatic and such, but I am not convinced that these characters can represent all carnies out there. I guess the film is more about outsiders anyway. I didn’t find any of the characters that likable either.

3/5

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  • http://www.panicmanual.com Vik

    I thought it might have been this movie:

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=gQD3n98u1EM

    A movie about carnies is scary enough, but starring Gary Busey? It’s brown trouser time.