23 Slamdance Film Festival

Don't Judge Someone Without Knowing Their Story

Don't Judge Someone Without Knowing Their Story

MOVIE REVIEW
Sweetheart Deal

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Genre: Documentary
Year Released: 2023
Runtime: 1h 39m
Director(s): Elisa Levine, Gabriel Miller
Writer(s): Karen KH Sim
Where To Watch: 2023 Slamdance Film Festival Premiere. Screen this and more at Slamdance Film Festival


RAVING REVIEW: SWEETHEART DEAL is a film that offers an unflinching and raw look into the lives of individuals who have fallen outside of traditional society and are struggling with addiction. The film follows a central figure, which provides a makeshift shelter in a motorhome, and a group of individuals striving to put their lives back together. However, their progress is met with a devastating betrayal that threatens to undo all their hard work. But instead of giving up, they find the band strength together and fight back against their circumstances. The film's style provides an immersive and candid view of the characters' struggles, perseverance, and resilience.


The film also brings attention to the economic divide and the devastating impact of the opioid epidemic on communities in the city. It immerses the audience in the characters' lives and their world, offering a first-hand look into a world often ignored by society. These characters may have once had everyday lives, but for various reasons, they have slipped into a forgotten existence, making them vulnerable to exploitation. Nevertheless, they continue to strive for a better life.

SWEETHEART DEAL is a powerful and emotional journey that will leave a lasting impact on viewers. The film evokes empathy and understanding for those affected by addiction. It manages to realistically and relatably convey the struggles and hardships of those we follow. One of the film's most striking aspects is its “verité style,” which allows the audience to feel as if they are with the characters, experiencing their struggles and triumphs first-hand. It is a must-see for anyone looking to comprehend the complexities of addiction and the strength of the human spirit to overcome even the direst of circumstances.

The opioid epidemic has devastated communities across the country, and the film provides a sobering look at the human cost of this crisis. The characters are often living on the fringes of society, and their struggles are often a result of their economic situation.

In conclusion, SWEETHEART DEAL is a film that offers a powerful and emotional journey into the lives of individuals struggling with addiction.

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