On the eve of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and on its final night before closing, a Las Vegas dive bar becomes a stage where its employees and barflies commiserate one last time. Filmmaking brothers Bill and Turner Ross train their keenly observed quasi-fiction on the lived-in atmosphere of a haunt, whose massed warmth and love conceal its patron’s worries—at least for a little while.
Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets is a carefully constructed yet oddly affecting record of an American sensibility at once straining to survive and ready for the end. It's an elegiac portrait of a tiny world fading away, but still warm and beating with the comfort of community. The Ross brothers' beguiling approach to nonfiction storytelling makes for a foggy memory of experience lost in empty shot glasses and puffs of smoke.
"If you appreciate laid-back observational stuff that blurs truth and fiction -- Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets will be your new favorite movie." --The Pitch
Dir. Bill and Turner Ross / 98 minutes / 2020
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