Every weekday, dozens of inmates are released on parole from Huntsville State Penitentiary, the largest prison release center in Texas. With a bus ticket voucher and $100 release check, most of them spend their first minutes out of prison on phone calls, cigarettes, and quiet reflection at the Greyhound station up the block. In this pivotal moment between incarceration and freedom, a myriad of complicated emotions arise before the bus arrives to take them home.
Running time: 14 minutes
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CHAMPS ÉLYSÉES FILM FESTIVAL
Word from the Jury
“Unanimously chosen, this magnificent film, deep, rare and moving, dominated the whole selection by its painful subject and its unique approach. In just 15 minutes, it comes to solicit our imaginations and ask us about the lives of these men imprisoned for so long at this precise moment when time stands still in this isolated bus station. This moment of transition on leaving prison when these men will have to apprehend a new freedom, without security, in great precariousness, brings us closer to their humanity and their emotions. The superb frames and the suspended mounting, made of real tableaux vivants, are at the service of a great and beautiful idea of cinema. A real moment of grace!”