THE UNKNOWN COUNTRY – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

Early in the low-key drama The Unknown Country, a fuzzy-haired waitress at a roadside diner passes out plates with compliments and good cheer. “I try to treat my customers really well because you never know what’s going on in somebody’s life,” she says. Hers is just one documentary-style vignette that fleshes out this theme, showing the hidden lives of people a young woman encounters along a road trip from the Midwest to the Texas-Mexico border.

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THE UNKNOWN COUNTRY (SXSW 2022) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

If the name Lily Gladstone doesn’t already make you sit up because of her involvement in the much-anticipated forthcoming Martin Scorsese film Killers of the Flower Moon, then her central performance in Morrisa Maltz’s The Unknown Country should be enough to convince you on its own merits. Having previously appeared in roles of varying sizes in Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow and Certain Women, Gladstone is surely not an unfamiliar face for those with a taste for US indie fare. But it is The Unknown Country where she takes center stage and, in collaboration with Maltz and her numerous co-stars, gives The Unknown Country a sense of enormous depth and gravity.

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