Brother's Keeper


IMDb Rating 7.6 10 3318


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Reviewed by morrison-dylan-fan 8 / 10

Finders Keepers.

Seeing the very good 2004 doc Some Kind of Monster a few years ago on Metallica's ego trip during the making of their terrible "comeback" album,I was interested to find out that directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky had done True Crime docs. Making a note of their other work,I was pleased to recently see their feature debut doc appear on Netflix UK,which led to me meeting the brothers.

The outline of the doc:

After being ill for a number of years,William Ward dies on the family farm in a small town. The farm has been in the Ward family for generations,with the barely literate family members Roscoe/Lyman and "Delbert" Adelbert all living there. At the scene where William is found,Delbert gets accused by the police of murder.

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Filming on the Ward farm for over a year, co-directors/co-editors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky introduce their "Direct Camera" documentary style,with extended takes following the Ward's trying to keep the everyday life on the farm going,as Delbert's murder trial approaches. Respectful to the rural lifestyle,the makers oddly decide to score the title with cliché banjo music,which sounds completely ill-fitting to the professionalism being shown by the makers. Keeping their opinions to Delbert being guilty/ not guilty to themselves, Berlinger and Sinofsky subtly capture the contrast between the rustic,small-town community of the Ward's,with the slick, pristine presentation of the TV crews,the cops and the lawyers,who enter the town to find out who is the brother's keeper.

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 6 / 10

intriguing true story

It's Munnsville in upstate New York 1990. The four Ward brothers live on their family farm by themselves. The eldest Delbert smothers 64 year old brother William who had been ill for some time. Delbert is arrested for murder and he signs a confession although the brothers have questionable literacy. The prevailing theory is that it's a mercy killing. However, other wilder theories are explored. Although they are recluses, their neighbors rally to their defense. It's an intriguing true crime story. A narrator is needed to put all the information in a concise fashion. This is mostly interviews with the locals and some of them do mumble. The story may be intriguing but the filmmakers do not make more to highlight it. They are able to get all the interviews but it's not organized into an easy narrative. On the other hand, they get the sense of the place and the people.

Reviewed by gavin6942 7 / 10

An Old Fool In Over His Head

This documentary details the murder trial of Delbert Ward. Delbert was a member of a family of four elderly brothers, working as semi-literate farmers and living together in isolation from the rest of society until William's death. A police investigation and Medical Examiner's autopsy suggested that Bill may not have died from natural causes and Delbert was arrested on charges of Second-Degree Murder.

The film contrasts two groups of society; people from rural areas and those from larger cities. It also exhibits how the media flocked to the town to cover the story. In some ways, this makes it a precursor to "Making a Murderer" in the sense that big city folks may be looking down on the country folk.

It is hard to tell exactly how mentally impaired the Wards are, particularly Delbert. He cannot read and speaks funny, but is he stupid? Maybe he is just hard of hearing. Regardless, it is hard to watch this and see that this man could possibly be a killer... but I will let viewers decide for themselves if the prosecution has a case.

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