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The Overnighters Review

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Driven by the chance of a quick buck in the North Dakota oil boom, crowds of blue-collar workers suddenly found themselves unable to afford a place to live as prices rose. As this documentary charts, a humble Lutheran priest Jay Reinke stepped in to meet the need.

★★★★

A documentary focused on a North Dakota fracking town, this account of a Lutheran pastor’s heartrending failure to extend charity to some reprobate migrant workers exposes with compassionate detachment the hollowness of America’s claim to be the land of freedom and opportunity.

A painful and poignant excoriation of the American dream.