May 11, 2009
How would you describe this film and the Whites in a snapshot for someone who may not know anything about it/ them?
This is the portrait of a family of outlaws who live outside society's rules and their struggles with the consequences of such a life. It follows four generations over almost a year and a half as they deal with births, deaths, attempted murders, being released from prison and drug dependency.
The Whites are also the last people preserving their particular version of the tradition of mountain dancing that stems from early Irish cloggers moving to America. Their moral code dates back a hundred years to the mountain version of frontier justice when the law was either too corrupt to bother with, or, too far away to affect you. People did what they wanted and lived in clans. If someone crossed you, you simply got a gun and enforced your own idea of justice (no matter how misguided). This ethos resulted in much bloodshed and feuds like the Hatfields and the McCoys.