Killer of Sheep (1977)
Killer of Sheep is a stunning – if bleak – film. It shows black american, ghettoised, poor life in its unglamorous fullness, without ever losing its humanity. The scenes with the children in particular are quite brilliant pieces: we watch them playing with each other – throwing stones, fighting, covering each other in dirt, making the most of their surroundings – interacting with the adult world and just living their lives oblivious to their parents’ trials. Definitely a slice of life movie. Without Burnett’s deft touches this would have just been depressing and boring, as it is just one minute’s happiness at the end redeems the whole movie – though it is still bleak!