Saturday, November 5, 2011
From the first scene you know this is going to be a slow introspective film. Rettenberg is running laps in a prison yard. It only takes about a half of a lap and the telltale prison bell that signifies that exercise time is over to figure this out. But we watch several laps. Rettenberg is clearly the center of this story and we are going to take the time to get to know him. It turns out that he is quite an accomplished marathon runner and that he can not keep himself from robbing banks. As the story follows his reentry to society, the filmmaker is patient and lets the personality and deep internal struggle of Rettenberg simmer at the surface. I found this to be an excellent view into obsession and anguish.