So what is this documentary about? Its subtitle makes it pretty clear -- A Mediation to the Possibility of Romantic Love in the South During an Era of Nuclear Weapons Proliferation. Director Ross McElwee (BRIGHT LEAVES) received a grant to make a film about General Sherman's march of destruction through the South during the Civil War. But then his girlfriend dumps him and the film transforms into a mediation on love and death.
If you think the movie is going to be pretentious or artsy, you’d be totally wrong. It’s hilarious from start to finish. McElwee’s dry wit is what influenced Michael Moore. The film’s subjects are as wacky as anyone in documentaries like GATES OF HEAVEN or VERNON, FLORIDA. It’s like VERNON combined with 20 DATES. Throughout the film, McElwee is either hooked up with women or meets them as he tracks Sherman’s march.