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  • Summary: In the summer of 2003, a group of shepherds took a herd of sheep one final time through the Beartooth Mountains of Montana, in the extreme northwest of the United States. It was a journey of almost 300 kilometers through expansive green valleys, by fields of snow, and across hazardous, narrow ridges. The aging shepherds do their very best to keep the hundreds of sheep together while the high mountains are teeming with hungry wolves and grizzly bears. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jul 9, 2013
    100
    Sweetgrass memorably captures a dying way of American life, a marvelously untrammeled American landscape and at least two animals — men and sheep — that despite their millennia-long domestic relationship still have a spark of wildness in them.
  2. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Jul 9, 2013
    90
    Though Sweetgrass has moments of great beauty, the film is never nostalgic or idealizing about its human or ovine subjects. It shows the relationship of human and domesticated animal—and the relationship of both to nature—as a productive and symbiotic yet often brutal struggle.
  3. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Jul 9, 2013
    90
    Sweetgrass offers a one-of-a-kind experience.
  4. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jul 9, 2013
    75
    Sweetgrass is austere enough to make Frederick Wiseman's films look like Jersey Shore episodes, yet it has its own suspense.
  5. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jul 9, 2013
    75
    Sweetgrass achieves a borderline abstract splendor that's furthered by the directors' avoidance of delving deeply into its human subjects, whose backstories and general circumstances are only alluded to through fly-on-wall scraps.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Jul 9, 2013
    75
    The film is less about people or this specific herding ritual than about the majesty of the landscape and the interplay between these animals, their keepers, and the dictates of nature itself.
  7. Reviewed by: Sukhdev Sandhu
    Jul 9, 2013
    60
    It’s a powerful testimonial to a fading way of life.

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