Coming to VOD today, Tuesday, June 27:
Arnaud Gaillard and Florent Vassault
Marseille Doc 2011
Thessaloniki Doc, Doclisboa,
A meditation on the death penalty in America.
French directors Gaillard and Vassault offer a survey of the impact of the death penalty, presenting portraits or episodes with subjects whose lives in some way intersect with death row, from a victim’s family witnessing an execution to a mother of an inmate who honks every time she drives past the prison as a show of solidarity and support. While professionally made and not uninteresting, despite its unappealing title, the project ultimately proves too diffuse to have a strong impact either as a social justice film or to be memorable as an impressionistic slice of Americana.