Wisconsin Death Trip 1999 ***

As the title suggests, Wisconsin Death Trip isn’t a lot of laughs; adapted from Michael  Lesy’s book, the film details the bizarre and deadly occurrences that took place in a small town towards the end of the 19th century. Black River Falls seems, on this evidence, to have been wrestling with ghosts, demonic possession, suicide, madness and paedophilia, all re-enacted with stack veracity in black and white.  James Marsh went on to win an Oscar for Man on Wire, but his talents for reconstruction are evident in this quirky, dark and absorbing film about a town in the throes of societal breakdown.


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