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The Last Season2014

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  • 4.1
Every September over 200 seasonal workers, most of them Cambodian, Lao, Hmong, Mien and Thai, set up a temporary camp near the tiny town of Chemult, Oregon. They remain until the first snowfall, searching the lush woods of Klamath County for the rare matsutake, a fungus highly prized in Japan. This sensitive, probing documentary examines the bond between two of these hunters in one unusually hard season. THE LAST SEASON contrasts the past with the present, the camaraderie of the mushroom hunters' camp with Higgins's remote home in the woods and the hope of a yearly treasure hunt with the vagaries of climate and falling prices. The result is a poetic film about friendship, nature and life.

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I was lucky enough to catch the premier of this deeply-felt documentary at the SF International Film Festival and it made a lasting impression on me. It goes in directions you don't expect, and has a rich vein of humanity running straight through its heart. It's one of my favorite docs on Fandor.

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I was lucky enough to catch the premier of this deeply-felt documentary at the SF International Film Festival and it made a lasting impression on me. It goes in directions you don't expect, and has a rich vein of humanity running straight through its heart. It's one of my favorite docs on Fandor.

2 members like this review
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This beautiful, moving documentary focuses on a few displaced and broken loners eking out lives as mushroom harvesters on the edge of the Oregon wilderness where everyone is from somewhere else, but where improbable life paths cross and chance meetings become kinships as close as blood bonds. As a transplanted Pacific Northwestern sportsman with a SE Asian family of mushroom fanatics, this movie strikes an especially deep chord. Regional, intimate and warm while simultaneously universal and anthropological. Wonderful.

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I specifically joined Fandor to watch this film, and I absolutely adore it. The intimacy with landscape, the comfort with characters, and the remarkable patience with story itself that are on display here are--to my mind--very strongly suggestive of a talent to watch. I'm (way) late to this party, but "The Last Season" is one of my favorite films of the year. It's quiet & weird, complex & lyrical and makes me keenly interested to see what director Sara Dosa does next as a filmmaker.

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Good story, moves a bit slowly, good filming, wished for more about the mushrooming community, enjoyable!

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