A Man Named Pearl (2007) 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… 2007-08-31 G PT78M Documentary Shadow Distribution
Movie Review

A Man Named Pearl (2007)

MPAA Rating: G
A Man Named Pearl | A MAN NAMED PEARL 's green thumb Pearl Fryar
A MAN NAMED PEARL's green thumb Pearl Fryar
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Aug 31, 2007; Rated: G; Length: 78 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; Distributor: Shadow Distribution

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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