Directed by Bill and Turner Ross | 2020 | 98 minutes | Not Rated | USA | English
An Official Selection at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival, filmmaking duo Bill and Turner Ross return with Bloody Nose Empty Pockets—an elegiac portrait of a tiny world fading away but still warm and beating with the comfort of
In the shadows of the bright lights of Las Vegas, it’s last call for a beloved dive bar known as the Roaring 20s. That’s the premise, at least; the reality is as unreal as the world the regulars are escaping from. Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets is a mosaic of disparate lives, teetering between dignity and debauchery, reckoning with the past as they face an uncertain future, and singing as their ship goes down.
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“Reaches for something just as truthful as either pure doc or pure fiction, finding a hybrid place in the middle that makes it no less powerful.” — Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
“Blurs the boundary between documentary and feature filmmaking, making for a playful, compelling sui generis work.” — Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter
“It’s ‘The Bachelorette’ wed to ‘The Iceman Cometh’: the setup is staged, but the tears are real.” — Amy Nicholson, Variety