The Last Season
Sara Dosa dives into the world of rare mushroom hunters in the Pacific Northwest, for a disarmingly touching look at friendship and alternative family dynamic in this surprisingly lovely, humorous, and powerful documentary.
Every year, migratory workers from all over the country (predominantly of Laotian or Thai descent) converge on the practically comatose hamlet of Chemult, Oregon (population 135) to hunt and pick matsutake mushrooms: a Japanese delicacy that can fetch upwards of $200 a pound on a good day. Against this backdrop is the story of a personal relationship between an ornery local Vietnam vet named Roger and Kouy, a seasonal worker originally from Cambodia who tries hard to provide for his daughter that has been essentially adopted by Roger and his wife because of their shared war experiences and scars.
Far more than a surface level look at a strange foodie subculture, Dosa uses her hook to tell a sometimes uncomfortably personal story of two men struggling with their lives. Roger is dying and Kouy constantly frets that he never does enough for Roger or his own family. It’s often candid, funny, and anthropologically fascinating, but it’s also just a damn good story of two people trying to figure out what’s coming next in their lives. (Andrew Parker)
Sunday, May 4th, Revue Cinema, 6:30pm