Movie about ‘the northern hills’ is about ‘cinema, not the hills’
Posted On July 2, 2021
The film, which opened this month at the Beeverly Cinema in New York, is about a small band of outsiders who arrive in California in the 1960s to investigate the murder of a young woman in a remote area.
The cast includes a young Michael Caine and a familiar face from “Ocean’s Eleven” (which is based on the novel by David Fincher).
The film was made in partnership with the National Film Preservation Foundation, the California Historical Society, the American Film Institute and the New York City Film Archive.
“The northern hills” follows the life of an itinerant photographer who falls in love with a hilltop cabin, which he shares with his two young daughters.
They are forced to flee and move to a remote mountain town after their father’s death.
The film stars Caine as a man who moves to a cabin and starts seeing a young girl, who is described in the film as “the only thing keeping her from leaving.”
She is the daughter of a local rancher, and he is convinced she will help him find his wife and children, and is the source of the inspiration for the film.
“She’s a girl that was born on a hill and then she grew up on a dirt road,” said Caine.
“I think it’s a really good film to look at and see what it is that people do to their own communities, and it’s really interesting to me.”
The film has received mixed reviews, with critics calling it “a pretty straightforward and bland” film.
In one review, the New Yorker wrote that the film was “inadequate in its depiction of a remote rural landscape.”
The New York Times called it “unrelentingly and condescendingly white, almost like an attempt to make us forget our history.”
But the film is also receiving praise from its fans.
“It is not a film about mountains, it is a film that’s about a tiny group of people who find themselves in an entirely new environment,” said John Kavanagh, a filmmaker and historian who co-directed the documentary “Cinema of the Northern Hills.”
“I thought the film itself was beautiful and powerful.
It was a really touching and heartfelt film that I would recommend to anyone who’s interested in this kind of place and the place of its people.”
The filmmakers also said they hoped that the movie would spark discussions about how the United States views its history.
“We have an obligation to the people of Northern California to look back at the past, and to understand how we made our choices and to learn from those choices,” said Kavanach.
“That’s what we’re doing with the film.”