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Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

A piece of old school Americana: the last night of a bar, somewhere in the outskirts of Las Vegas, where all the bar flies hang out in the place that has become their second (or only) living room for one last time.

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident“ - the quote at the beginning of the film makes a reference to the US Declaration of Independence. BLOODY NOSE, EMPTY POCKETS does indeed show a piece of old-school Americana: the last night of a bar, somewhere in the outskirts of Las Vegas, where all the bar flies hang out in the place that has become their second (or only) living room for one last time. A bar film if there ever was one. Wie sit at the bar as onlookers when the first guys roll in and start to drink. They know each other, have spent years constructing the social fabric that is “The Roaring 20s,“ Marc‘s bar. They sit there and tell jokes and philosophize and keep getting drunker and more melancholy….and it‘s incredibly funny and entertaining and even thrilling in some way! And it‘s also not real. The bar is actually in New Orleans. It‘s also not their last night. The bar flies aren‘t real regulars, they‘ve been selected and cast from different bars: this is an improvised film made to look like a documentary, a “what if“ but also a “this is how it is.“ Can the missing “realness“ in the “documentary“ affect us? No way. Because despite this everything – including the fantastic soundtrack – is subjunctively authentic with the truth coming from a distilled reality. It‘s not about a specific bar, but rather the myth of the bar itself, the “comfort, accessability and alcohol“ and the community of the bar flies, and the truth that resides within themselves. One of them hits the nail on the head: I pride myself on not having become an alcoholic until after I was already a failure.“

Harald Mühlbeyer (INDIEKINO MAGAZIN)

Translation: Elinor Lewy

Credits

USA 2020, 98 min
Language: English
Genre: Semi-documentary Film
Director: Bill Ross, Turner Ross
DOP: Bill Ross, Turner Ross
Montage: Bill Ross
Music: Casey Wayne McAllister
Distributor: UCM.One
FSK: 12
Release: 02.12.2021

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Screenings

  • OV Original version
  • OmU Original with German subtitles
  • OmeU Original with English subtitles
English/with English subtitles
All languages

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