The Hottest August2019
The Hottest August (2019)
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August 2017 was not the hottest on record. Not even close. If one can't get the title right, what chance is there of everything else falling into order?
No movie can encompass everything that's on the minds of Americans at the moment, but Story's modest but wide-ranging cine-essay comes closest, constructed in such a way that no two audiences will see it the same way.
But sometimes an experiment feels like just an experiment, and that's where the well-intentioned query "The Hottest August" ultimately lands.
This collection of interactions with ordinary people is a cinematic gift both simple and multilayered, an intellectual challenge and an emotional adventure.
While it never feels completely defeatist, [Story's] film offers scattered snapshots of an uncertain society in its dog days.
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