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Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (15)

17 May
20 May 2021

Directed by

Bill Ross and Turner Ross

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets (15)

It’s the closing night party at an American dive bar and it ain’t over til it’s over. Michael’s losing his couch, Pam has some things to get off her chest and who knows where the night will take us. The warmth of a pub jukebox spills out like liquor, behind the laughter, heart-to-hearts and enveloping ruby lighting. New friends are made in this last chance saloon, where the locals prop up the bar, along with each other. But where does authenticity start and stop in the ways we get to know one another and the personas we perform? In the semi-constructed circumstances of this compellingly ambiguous film, director brothers Bill and Turner Ross tap into the community spirit that local bars engender and the real connections people make in unexpected places.

"A fascinating slice of Americana" ★★★★ - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian