Movie Review: THE ARBOR

Movie Review: THE ARBOR

In her first documentary feature, London-based artist Clio Bernard experiments with nonfiction form, using actors to lip sync to audio-only recordings of interviews she’d made with playwright Andrea Dunbar’s surviving family and the circle of acquaintances who knew her and shared her difficult circumstances in ‘The Arbor,’ a tough working poor ‘estate’ neighborhood of Bradford in the North of England. The effect of the perfect lip syncing is eerie, especially since the entire film was shot on location in Bradford, at the very places frequented by Dunbar and her circle.

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