Last Thoughts

For this highly personal documentary Kevin Henry made use of a tape recording in which his grandfather recalled hopping trains as a boy back in the 1920s, something he had previously never divulged to anyone. Henry spent a year traveling similar routes from Oklahoma to California, aiming his 16-millimeter camera at desolate freight yards and railroad tracks, weather-beaten bridges and farm equipment; the images are rhythmically linked to the old man's halting but remarkably vivid narrative. A disturbingly violent revelation near the end imbues the film with a haunting sadness, though Henry doesn't allow it to overpower his grandfather's memories of kindness from strangers. 72 min.

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