1h 22min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama
In theaters nationwide on March 9th, followed by a VOD release on March 17th. The theatrical release will also feature a number of special screenings at Alamo Drafthouse locations and other theaters in cities across Texas and Louisiana.
Review – Matt Mungle
The greatest screenwriters in Hollywood could not have created characters as unique, rich, and intriguing as the real life people in UNCERTAIN. Yet there is no doubt that these are not anomalies but rather a glimpse at the norm and individuals that could be found in thousands of small towns across America.
Living in Dallas TX and visiting Caddo Lake on several occasions it is highly possible that I have driven through or close to Uncertain. But as the film states, “you’ve got to be lost to find it”. This 94 person town tucked back on the Texas/Louisiana border seems a world away. The story follows three men who are each trying to just overcome obstacles in their life and deal with bad decisions, fate, and a town that is folding in around them. At times it is heartbreaking to watch but those moments are brief and quickly soothed over by the humor and self determination that each of them have. It should not be funny but it is. You find that you are rooting for them and fascinated by their existence.
Uncertain is also a conservation piece as we see the town battle a weed infestation that is choking out the lake and swamp. It is killing the fishing industry and taking away the small livelihood many of them have. We get a first hand glimpse as experts try and find a solution to this unbalance of nature. First time directors Ewan McNicol and Anna Sandilands have delivered a fascinating and engaging piece of culture with this one
The film is unrated but does contain adult language and themes. Recommended for those 18 and older.
OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS: Winner of Tribeca Film Festival’s Albert Maysles Documentary Director Award, UNCERTAIN is a visually stunning and disarmingly funny portrait of the literal and figurative troubled waters of Uncertain, Texas. In a 94-resident town so tucked away “you’ve got to be lost to find it”, three Uncertain men make their own bids for survival looking to find a more certain future. An ex-convict obsessed with Mr. Ed, a gigantic boar he hunts in order to stay on the straight and narrow. A young idealist with big plans but few prospects looking for a bigger life. And an aging fisherman learning to let go of his youthful ways, and making peace with a fateful moment thirty years ago. All the while Uncertain’s vast, swampy lake is being choked by an aquatic weed, upsetting the natural balance and the town’s only source of livelihood. From award-winning director’s Ewan McNicol and Anna Sandilands, UNCERTAIN is an outstanding feature debut capturing a vivid cast of characters as compelling as any fiction.