Uncertain. 2015. USA. Directed by Ewan McNicol, Anna Sandilands. 82 min.
Uncertain, Texas (population 94), is the obscure home of the three protagonists of Ewan McNicol and Anna Sandilands's first feature-length documentary. Seventy-four-year-old Henry's precarious living as a fisherman is threatened by a gradual parasitic infestation of the town's lake. Hunting for sport rather than sustenance, middle-aged ex-con Wayne spends his nights waiting with a rifle, and infinite patience, to kill "Mr. Ed," a legendarily large wild boar. And 21-year-old diabetic Zach kills small-town boredom and personal angst by drinking so prodigiously his doctor warns he'll be dead by 35. Level-headed and deftly shot, Uncertain is an exemplary portrait of three generations of men processing personal and political trauma with the scarcest of resources.