The Public

The Public

DVD - 2019
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When a brutal blast of cold hits Cincinnati, the public library transforms from a safe haven for the homeless into a potential war zone. Those who have no place of retreat to evade the cold stage a sit-in in the library where they are tended by members of the library's staff. Soon the police arrive and a stand-off threatens to bring tragedy to the homeless individuals and those who care about their well-being. An eye-opening exploration of the basic values of humanity plays out as the cold rages outside.


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JCLCharlesH Apr 21, 2021

A thought provoking look at homelessness, libraries, and what could happen when the two collide. The dialogue at times felt hacky, but if you can make it past that, the questions the film poses about access, representation, and fairness are valid and timely.

Dec 21, 2020

Pretty good, but not very good.

Nov 04, 2020

I quite enjoyed this film. It pushed the stereotypes of homeless people. I especially liked the character of the librarian played by Emilio!

A humorous story line with a 'Full Monty" ending. But the much of acting/script is a cringe making. The acting of the TV reporter and the 'bad son' was obtuse and the politician was almost as bad.

Aug 31, 2020

I had to watch this twice to understand the ending. I did enjoy this movie, but it left a lot to be desired. The very beginning establishes quite well the theme of the movie and that they are trying to tackle the large topic of homelessness. As well as, the topic of mental illness as a smaller less focused topic.

I found each of the characters interesting and they did a great job showing the different personalities and background of people who can end up homeless. However, I couldn't follow the story at all and felt very confused, especially with the ending. It just didn't seem to make sense to me. I won't spoil anything but expect to feel like you missed something important that explained the plot outcome. Because, even after watching this a second time, I still felt like I had missed an important clue.

Jul 10, 2020

Went in with reasonably high expectations, and was looking forward to seeing this, as the premise sounded fascinating.
Was quite disappointed, though, as it appeared to be a bare-faced attempt at political indoctrination of the viewer. Was far too cliché.
Was almost completely unwatchable.
For one, the city of Cincinnati is far different than the one portrayed. I've been there many times. It's a reasonably small city, fairly elegant and diverse, and doesn't appear to have raging, violent demographic issues boiling under the surface like the movie tries to portray. It appears the makers of the film were thinking more of a Northeastern Metropolis like Chicago, NY, Philly, etc. Cincinnati doesn't fit. Cincy is more of a cute, pretty city (with it's own problems; but it's a nice town not an armpit).
In terms of the social/political issues portrayed in the film, it seems like the writers went out of their way to portray an absolutely worst case scenario, with all the authority figures and key decision-makers doing the absolute worst possible things.
The "strike" of the folks in the film was meant to portray something out of the film "Snowpiercer" or something, like some real class uprising.
In the end, it felt like a leftist propaganda film, trying to stir up social/racial/class dissent, and get people angry.
Was tiresome.
But, yes, I sat through it, as it did just barely enough to keep my attention. Decent actors, and interesting premise.
But, didn't deliver.
Maybe worth watching just once. Maybe.

Jun 13, 2020

Great movie, highly relevant. Highly recommended.

Jun 02, 2020

An above average movie. Moving & funny,with no swearing or shooting which made it pretty novel (I don't mind either). It was a small story about the homeless in America, the gung-ho of the police, the way media twist things & people reaching out to others. Well done.

May 29, 2020

The Public will lead you through the gamut of emotions from anger, fear, loathing through to joy and laughter. A thoroughly heart-wrenching and heartwarming movie.

May 06, 2020

As a library worker, I really liked this film! Great cast, interesting story.

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May 06, 2020

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May 06, 2020

Angela: So you're just really into books, huh?

Stuart Goodson: Books saved my life.

Angela: Saved your life?

Stuart Goodson: Books helped me get sober, and helped me turn my life around. They're tangible, they're real. Something I can get my hands and my head around, so yeah. They saved my life.


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