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Film Screening - "Bless Their Little Hearts" (1984) New Restoration


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Working with a screenplay by Burnett, Billy Woodberry brings to life this portrait of a married couple and their three young children whose emotional resources are drained by the precarious effects of underemployment. Woodberry's supremely observant style suits his exquisite work with actors; Nate Hardman's quietly explosive, self-pitying performance makes explicit the delicate ties between stable employment and masculine self-worth; and Kaycee Moore (Killer of Sheep, Daughters of the Dust) gives an exceptionally nuanced performance as the family's primary emotional laborer. Full of humor and devoid of the least pity for its characters, Bless Their Little Hearts is a striking portrait of working poverty in Reagan's 80's, and a classic of independent cinema.

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