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  • Summary: Every family has its ghosts. The Mosher family has more than most. Shot over a year from one Halloween to the next, the film creates a stunning cinematic portrait of a family who are unique but also sadly representative of the struggles of America's working class. The film was created to be both a universal story of family struggle and a socially conscious portrait of compelling, articulate individuals grappling with the forces that tear at their homes and relationships. (Wishbone Films) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Kevin B. Lee
    100
    Jersey Shore may be the hyped example of trashy onscreen “reality,” but this portrait of an upstate working-poor family forsakes guilty-pleasure exploitation and simply wows you in every other way.
  2. 83
    Manages to excavate enough universal pathos from the mundane to find something truly extraordinary in the ordinary.
  3. 75
    This is the face of dysfunction. Apparently alcohol and drugs are not involved, except perhaps with some of the missing men. The drug here is despair. They seem to treat it with cigarettes.
  4. 70
    There's rancor here, but also unexpected tenderness.
  5. 67
    In digging deeper into the stories behind the junk--many of which involve the drug problems, legal problems, custody battles, cycles of abuse, and post-traumatic stress disorders of Mosher’s own family--October Country veers awfully close to exploitation.
  6. 63
    What results is both real and surreal, giving and self indulgent. That’s the country we all live in.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    30
    A feel-bad film through and through. Chronicling a year in the life of a low-income Mohawk Valley family beset by external hardships and shockingly bad decision-making, the docu straddles the line between unflinching intimacy and invasive exploitation.

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