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Last day of the year Premium

05 June 2014 | by Francine Stock | Comments: 0

The “true story” is a regular feature of contemporary films. Effective story-telling, however, is more elusive. Fruitvale Station manages both persuasively – to the point that you wonder about an already known outcome. The fact is there in the opening sequence, a smartphone camera recording of a violent incident on the eponymous train stop in the Bay Area of San Francisco. A young black man, Oscar Grant, is held down on the platform by armed police who have hauled him and a handful of friends off the train. They are protesting and struggling to be free; the atmosphere is charged and jittery. Then a shot rings out. The film that follows is a dramatised account of the day, New Year’s Eve 2008, that led up to this event, the consequences of which would last for years, ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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