NORTH BY CURRENT
Angelo Madsen Minax | USA | 2021 | 86 min | ENGLISH
North by Current is a visual rumination on the understated relationships between mothers and children, truths and myths, losses and gains.
After the inconclusive death of his young niece, filmmaker Angelo Madsen Minax returns to his rural Michigan hometown, preparing to make a film about a broken criminal justice system. Instead, he pivots to excavate the depths of generational addiction, Christian fervor, and trans embodiment. Lyrically assembled images, decades of home movies, and ethereal narration form an idiosyncratic and poetic undertow that guide a viewer through lifetimes and relationships. Like the relentless Michigan seasons, the meaning of family shifts, as Madsen, his sister, and his parents strive tirelessly to accept each other. Poised to incite more internal searching than provide clear statements or easy answers, North by Current dives head first into the challenges of creating identity, the agony of growing up, and the ever-fickle nuances of family.