The Exiles (1961)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Slice of Life  |   Release Date - Jul 11, 2008 (USA - Rerelease)  |   Run Time - 72 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The independently produced The Exiles was warmly received at the 1966 Venice Film Festival, then inexplicably fell into obscurity. This is a shame: though made 30 years ago, the issues raised by the film are just as potent and powerful today. The story concerns a trio of young Native Americans who decide to leave the reservation. Once they've reached Los Angeles, the three protagonists find themselves just as lost and isolated as they would have been in the middle of the desert. Non-professionals Yvonne Williams, Homer Nish and Tommy Reynolds offer strong, naturalistic performances; in fact, they don't seem to be acting at all, but instead living their parts.

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Native-American, big-city, Indian (Native-American)-reservation, isolation, cross-cultural-relations, neighborhood, plight, struggle, youth