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Film Threat Review of ‘Middle of Nowhere’

Middle of Nowhere

4.5 Stars  

Somber and moody, with assured direction by Ava DuVernay overseeing an exceedingly at-ease cast, the mood poem that is “Middle of Nowhere” is one of the best little films of the year.

This presentation from Participant Media and the DuVernay-founded African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AaFFRM) will birth in select cities throughout October, a pregnant nine months after the sophomore fictional feature from publicist-turned-writer-director DuVernay won the Best Director award (the first for an African American woman, and beating out Benh Zeitlin, helmer of the Katrina-inspired “Beasts of the Southern Wild”) at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The slow-but-very-determined pace of this soft-spoken stand-by-your-man tale follows a young, educated, striving for the middle class wife and her unwavering support over four-plus years to make a strained relationship work between herself and her imprisoned husband. 

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