Filmed against the backdrop of the impoverished Salton Sea. Bombay Beach, once promised to be a prosperous holiday destination, now amounts to nothing more than derelict buildings that reflect the lives of the hopeless misfits that occupy the town. The documentary focuses on the lives of three of the inhabitants; Benny Parrish, a young boy troubled with bipolar disorder, CeeJay Thompson, an aspiring athlete and old timer Red.
The fact that Alma Har’el is still stuck in music video director mode makes for an interesting new breed of documentary.
Reviewed by Phil Wilding
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