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A Zipporah Films release. Produced, directed, edited by Frederick Wiseman. Camera (color, 16mm), John Davey; sound, Alexander Markowski. Reviewed at the Film Forum, N.Y., Feb. 8, 2002. Running time: 196 MIN.
Frederick Wiseman's 32nd film, a harrowing yet contemplative 196-minute exploration of domestic violence, mostly unfolds in and around staff meetings, intake interviews and group therapy sessions at the Spring, a shelter for battered women and their children in Tampa, Fla. This is a particularly viewer-friendly movie for the veteran documentarian: Although, as always, Wiseman eschews all voiceover narration, an …