Time Indefinite (1993)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Interpersonal Relationships, Sociology  |   Run Time - 117 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The saga of Ross McElwee, filmmaker, continues with this almost-sequel to Sherman's March. The expat Southerner has finally managed to find a kindred soul to marry (another filmmaker, Marilyn Levene) and things seem to be going swimmingly. Then the couple are hit with a rapid-fire series of family tragedies that send McElwee into deep contemplation. Time Indefinite is a bittersweet journey, however, full of the self-deprecating humor and observational skill that made Sherman's March such a treat. The title is a phrase from the Bible, read aloud as part of a diatribe by a Jehovah's Witness at the door, which strikes Ross as particularly lovely. The third film of this (so far) trilogy is Six O'Clock News.

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death, expatriate, family-dynamics, family-reunion, family-tragedy, father, follow-up, grandmother, husband-and-wife, miscarriage, mortality, observations, self-discovery, Southerner