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A Place at the Table: BD Review

Aug 1st, 2013

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This acclaimed documentary is a downer, but there's no denying this Blu-ray edition's innate aesthetic and technical quality....

Magnolia / 84 Minutes / 2012 / Rated PG / Street Date: June 25, 2013

Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush tackle a slippery, deceptively complex subject with A Place at the Table, addressing not only the concept of hunger in America, but how (if possible) we can conquer it. Like many other politically-minded docs, A Place at the Table is easily able to convince its audience that the issues it presents are of importance, but when it comes to how to address them, it finds itself in a Sisyphusian struggle.

Processed food is cheaper than ever to produce now, but the figures in A Place at the Table who depend on these products to simply survive face potentially very serious health issues as the years progress. And any major change that American public policy might be able to implement wouldn’t fully showcase its merit for twenty years or more, and in today’s world of instant-gratification, these sorts of slow-burning issues fall on deaf ears.

A Place at the Table is an important work, a movie that brings to light an issue that most middle-class Americans would prefer to look away from. There are no easy answers on display here – one leaves the movie feeling learned yet almost devastatingly sad – but the mere fact that Jacobson and Silverbush are willing to stir up the conversation is enough to bestow significant value on this movie. It doesn’t solve any problems, but it inspires us to want to do so. 

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