With the nation and the world weathering the current storm of economic turbulence and the possibility of a full-blown recession—due at least in part to the ticking time-bomb that was America’s Wild West of a subprime mortgage market—many will view Laura Dunn’s mesmeric documentary The Unforeseen with a mixture of fascinated dread and I-Told-You-So self-righteousness. Although it seems initially a limited-focus story about how a planned housing development in Austin, Texas, threatens to pollute the much-loved Barton Springs swimming hole, the film quickly opens its narrative much wider. By the time The Unforeseen is done, it’s proven to be nothing less than an eye-opening lesson in much of what’s wrong about how we live today.
The Unforeseen played the festival circuit last year but will be opening in limited release tomorrow. You can read the full review at Film Journal International.