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New York Film Festival 2010: Foreign Parts

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New York Film Festival 2010: <em>Foreign Parts</em>
New York Film Festival 2010: <em>Foreign Parts</em>

Véréna Paravel and J.P. Sniadecki’s new documentary Foreign Parts, like Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s Sweetgrass, carries within itself a stirring vibrancy and yet unfolds with patience and an unfettered trajectory, like a lovely and detailed visual elegy. Where Barbash and Castaing-Taylor took the iconic vision of cowboys driving a sea of bleating sheep through the hills of Montana as a reflection of an evaporating, essentially American landscape and workforce, Paravel and Sniadecki opt for the more direct image of the shanty town of auto repair shops that has thrived in Willets Point, Queens for years and is now being cleared by developers. The fact that these shops stands in the shadows of Citi Field adds quite the exclamation point.