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The Playlist saw the Spike Jonze/Arcade Fire film at SXSW and gave is an A-. Their review:

Slowly but surely the story of “Scenes from the Suburbs” emerges, which basically centers on the fractious relationship between the two young boys. One, Winter, is scarred by his drunk mother and the return of his war ravaged brother, and starts to slowly drift away from the innocence of his childhood, into an emotionally dead state. The other—and also our narrator—has to look on in horror as he starts to lose his friend both literally and figurativelyas Winter is also planning to move away with his family to a different suburb at the end of the summer.

This is where the metaphoric weight of the short film kicks in and really, really works. Because in the alternate reality of “Scenes from the Suburbs,” moving away to another suburb doesn’t mean that your mom is slightly more annoyed with you because she has to drive a little bit further to meet your friend, but it means armed border patrols and a possible deathly trek. It’s the melancholia of youth intensified and amplified, and it’s totally heartbreaking and haunting.

Link to our thread discussing Arcade Fire's The Suburbs

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You can watch Scenes From The Suburbs for free for the next 48 hours via Mubi.

http://mubi.com/films/scenes-from-the-suburbs

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You can watch Scenes From The Suburbs for free for the next 48 hours via Mubi.

http://mubi.com/film...rom-the-suburbs

Apparently not if you live in the U.S. or Canada.

That's weird. I watched it this morning (I live in Indiana), but when I checked the page just now, the "watch it" link wasn't there anymore.

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It's also weird that they've advertised it on their front page for a few days, maybe a week. I linked to it in the Music section last week. Somebody scrooed the pooch.

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Have to say, I thought it was a bit poo. That's my critically astute commentary.

Some good moments, particularly the bantering between the two boys, it looked pretty, but overall it just didn't do anything for me and I thought the military state thing to be misjudged. Perhaps if it had been allowed to develop a little more but as was it felt stunted. Maybe it would help if I didn't find the arcade fire's last two albums to be self-important twaddle.

Funny that people thought the wild things to be light hearted. I thought it his darkest film to date, though equally flawed.

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