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A Hole in a Fence

Directed by DW Young (First Run)


On DVD for a while now, this brisk film avoids a thesis completely while painting its portrait of Brooklyn's Red Hook neighbourhood in transition. An IKEA is about to move in and various residents and stakeholders ponder what will be lost and gained. But 45 minutes is not long enough to develop the arguments its subjects make, so the brief interviews with local personalities are tantalizing, but frustrating in their brevity. If the film makes one point, it laments Red Hook's distance from its rough-and-tumble roots---even the nearby projects are going co-op. Fence shows how Red Hook used to be, before IKEA came and ruined all the fun.

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