Sweetgrass is an extraordinary non-narrative documentary about sheep herders in Montana rustling their sheep across country for 3 months through wild grazing fields. Most scenes are static mountainous vistas, single-shot scenes as if they’re were directed by Jim Jarmusch, long quiet shots that allow the viewer to observe everything in the frame. Several ultra slow zoom shots are breathtaking. There is no voice-over narration, very little information given. You just have to sit there and watch it and take it all in. The sound of the sheep can grind on the nerves, but that’s my only complaint. A beautifully shot, unique documentary, maybe not perfect, but one worth keeping an eye out for.
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