Poto and Cabengo Poto and Cabengo
  • United States
  • 1980
  • 73 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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Grace and Virginia are young San Diego twins who speak unlike anyone else. With little exposure to the outside world, the two girls have created a private form of communication that’s an amalgam of the distinctive English dialects they hear at home. Jean-Pierre Gorin’s polyphonic nonfiction investigation of this phenomenon looks at the family from a variety of angles, with the director taking on the role of a sort of sociological detective. It’s a delightful and absorbing study of words and faces, mass media and personal isolation, and America’s odd margins.

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Film Essays

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Three Popular Films by Jean-Pierre Gorin

By Kent JonesJanuary 18, 2012

Jean-Pierre Gorin’s three Southern California movies are so militantly unclassifiable that . . . Read more »