CHANNEL 4 4SEVEN E4 MORE4 FILM4 4MUSIC 4oD

Viewing your Watchlist and recommended content requires Javascript

  • 15
  • Documentary
  • 2011
  • 80 mins

Bombay Beach

Bombay Beach

Synopsis

Alma Har'el's part-choreographed documentary about a group of people living at the fringes of the American Dream in a once-glitzy lakeside resort in California.

About

For her feature debut, Israeli photographer and video artist Alma Har'el drew on the same innovative flair she had already demonstrated in her music videos for Sigur Ros and Beirut to create this boundary-pushing documentary. Set in the impoverished southern Californian community that gives the film its name, Har'el follows - and occasionally prompts - three local residents with her camera, gradually revealing the truth and tragedy behind their tales.

There's Benny, a bipolar boy struggling to master his condition with the help of his family, young black teen CeeJay, who moved to Bombay Beach to escape the inner-city gangs, and the eternally-optimistic ex-oil field worker Red, who spends his days swilling whiskey and philosophising on life.

Har'el never once patronises her subjects, and the Bob Dylan and Beirut-heavy soundtrack makes for arresting accompaniment to the rundown backdrops.

Cast & Connections

  • Director: Alma Har'el

In a nutshell

A fascinating, experimental documentary and a touching portrait of a section of California whose voice is seldom heard.

Latest from Film4...

  • Film4 Wish I Was Here

    Wish I Was Here

    Zach Braff writes, directs and stars in his belated second feature about a man who begins to re-examine the relationships in his life after his father falls ill

  • Film4 A Walk Among The Tombstones

    A Walk Among the Tombstones

    Ex-New York cop turned unlicensed private detective Matt Scudder (Liam Neeson) hunts down two ruthless kidnappers, who target the wives of mid-level drug dealers with ready cash

  • Film4 Neighbouring Sounds

    Neighbouring Sounds on Film4

    Life in a middle-class Brazilian neighbourhood changes upon the arrival of an independent private security firm in Kleber Mendonca Fliho's assured debut on Film4

  • Film4 Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Wheels In Motion Season On Film4

    It's a parade of motorcycles, trains and automobiles on Film4 as the Wheels In Motion Season gets rolling

  • Channel 4 Blog

    Joe Cunningham's 10 recommendations for LFF 14

    Unfortunately I haven¿t been jet setting around the world this year to the various exciting international film festivals, but that¿s what makes the London Film Festival¿s compilation approach to progr

  • Channel 4 Blog

    Michael Leader's 11 recommendations for LFF 2014

    One of the best things about the London Film Festival¿s smorgasbord approach to programming is that, amongst the world premieres and gala screenings, there¿s an eclectic collection of exciting films o

Register with Film4.com

Personalise your Film4 experience

  • Set film reminders
  • Build your watchlist
  • Get film suggestions

or Register

Share