Lisa Schwarzbaum
July 30, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A Man Named Pearl

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
G
runtime
78 minutes
Limited Release Date
08/31/07
director
Brent Pierson, Scott Galloway
distributor
Shadow Distribution
genre
Documentary

We gave it a B+

A Man Named Pearl is a weedy title for a nicely planted documentary about Pearl Fryar, a self-taught topiary artist in rural Bishopville, S.C. Stung years ago by a white home owner’s comment that ”black people don’t keep up their yards,” Fryar turned his own three acres into a fantasyland of inspired abstract shapes. The film is as thoughtfully free-form as the living sculptures, meandering from meditations on plants to the elements of community. B+

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