Bill & Turner Ross' Tchoupitoulas chronicles the lives of three adolescent brothers as they venture through New Orleans, encountering an eclectic group of individuals in this vibrant city. Tchoupitoulas isn't a conventional documentary by any means, throwing away narrative cohesiveness in an attempt to immerse the viewer in its characters and setting. Tchoupitoulas is a beautiful, vibrant experience, mimicking the city of New Orleans itself, in delivering a rather impressive portrait of a city through the eyes of a child. Through the wide-eyed wonder of the youngest of the three brothers, Tchoupitoulas presents this boy's experience as a quasi- "right of passage", as he experiences cultures and individuals that are not quite like anything he has seen before. The film captures curiosity in such a genuine , showing these boys interacting with others in a way that almost feels like they are growing up in front of our eyes. The filmmakers affection for its subjects, both the trio of brothers and city itself, is very apparent throughout Tchoupitoulas, as they capture this vibrant city and the exuberance and curiosity of youth. While I believe that Tchoupitoulas does run a little long, even at 80 minutes, there is no denying that the filmmakers have effectively created a film that delivers a fresh and genuine slice of life, perfectly capturing a unique time and place.
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