Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tchoupitoulas (2012)

Directed by Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
(DVD, Oscilloscope Laboratories)

Three teenage brothers who live on the west side of the Mississippi River in New Orleans spend a night in and near the French Quarter. They encounter brass bands, strippers, artists and other assorted street people living on the margins of the city. They miss the last ferry home and are forced to spend the night. They roam around the streets encountering more characters, hang out in Armstrong Park and visit a decaying house boat. At sunrise, the fog enshrouds the streets and they finally catch that ferry home. Vivid account of the unique place that is the French Quarter plays like a fever dream, the lights, music and atmosphere perfectly captured. Our three guides aren't exactly illuminating, but at least they don't get in the way.

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