Filmmaker Ross McElwee is given a grant to make a documentary about the lasting effects of William Tecumseh Sherman’s devastating rampage through the southern states during the American Civil War. Just before shooting begins, however, he is dumped by his girlfriend…
Hurt and confused, he ditches his historical narrative and, like a horny Werner Herzog, embarks on a personal search for truth and love in a land still scarred by the past.
McElwee is an engaging, affable narrator: cheeky but never crude, honest and genuinely funny. Most importantly, however, he is wholly respectful to both the women he meets and the film’s underlying subject matter.
Insightful, captivating and utterly charming.