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Festus | Raleigh, NC | 01/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am spurred to write this review in response to the ignorant and useless review posted below. Dumbarton Bridge is a marvelous film, one of that rare breed of films that tells a wonderful story while also grappling with something deeply important. John Shed has tried to forget his past as a sniper in Vietnam and the daughter he fathered and then abandoned there. John's life seems settled, if tenuous: working on the salt ponds around the Dumbarton Bridge, listening to jazz with his girlfriend (she works at Sun Microsystems, a nice touch), shooting skeet. Then his abandoned daughter shows up from Vietnam, trying to figure out her life. She is black and Vietnamese, and doesn't quite fit in anywhere. How the daughter, the father, and the girlfriend work out their relationship is the story of the film and it is beautifully done. Audiences at film festivals agreed, awarding this the fan favorite prize at more than one.
I particularly appreciate the film's attempt to get under the skin of Silicon Valley. Remember this was released in 1999 at the height of the bubble. But the landscapes Koppelman portrays are the "other" Silicon Valley: the working class homes between the highways and the bay, the black and Vietnamese communities of East Palo Alto and Hayward, and the bay itself, dominated by the salt ponds carved from its marshes. This is a profoundly important and beautiful film, and for me, a bay area native, this ranks at the top of my list of important Northern California films. See it!"
Excellent little film
ChefBum | Fremont,, CA United States | 05/19/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
Unlike the usual, predictable Hollywood dreck, this film reflects working class, everyday people in every day situations. I thought that this movie was surprisingly good. The star of the show in many cases is the area around the Dumbarton Bridge, with some very scenic, cinematic shots lovingly taken around the area of the salt ponds, the wildlife sanctuary, and the bridge itself. I could clearly recognize certain neighborhoods, and if you are local, this does help bring the story to life. This is a lower-budget indie film, but I thought the acting was pretty good. Some of the amateur actors were a little wooden, but I like the fact that rather than the usual Hollywood dreck, this drama is about a real-life, mature theme that is entirely plausible. It's about real people with real struggles and real problems. It can be a tad bit slow moving in parts, but I actually liked how this film slows down to tell its story."