Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB
This subtle documentary very quietly laments the loss of craftsmanship in the face of industrial advancement, as it examines the livelihood of a carpenter who works out of a water-powered mill in Vermont, a real rarity in the modern eighties. The film observes as he creates a water trough for a neighbour’s animals, and a horse drawn sled, and in following the beautiful detail of his work it creates a sense of nostalgia for a time gone by while also giving a sharp view into the world of contemporary New England. Ben is himself a highly watchable character, modest and skilled, and it is one of the least sensationalist documentaries you’ll have the chance to see.
Academy Award Nomination: Best Documentary Feature