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Jesse Moss

Review: 'The Overnighters'

Review: 'The Overnighters'

A remarkable nonfiction essay on golden rules and grand intentions and oil booms that do not pay off for everyone, "The Overnighters" is a rich and troubling documentary highlight of the year.

It could teach screenwriters a thing or two about exploring people's lives fully while allowing those people their secrets, their mixed and vulnerable motives, their ability to surprise. Now at the Gene Siskel Film Center, the film also raises the matter of access. With "The Overnighters" we have the case of a filmmaker who took full, fly-on-the-wall advantage of his subject's open-door policy. Working as a crew of one, director Jesse Moss, whose previous documentaries...