Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Sundance Film Festival
Tribune Staff
The staff of The Salt Lake Tribune covers the Sundance Film Festival, on the streets of Utah and beyond.

» E-mail

» Subscribe (RSS)

Pastor Jay Reinke (right) avoids a reporter from the Williston (N.D.) Herald, in a scene from the documentary "The Overnighters." Courtesy Sundance Institute
Sundance review: ‘The Overnighters’

"The Overnighters"

U.S. Documentary

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

**** (four stars)

Christian charity collides with human frailty in the documentary "The Overnighters," one of the most beautiful and haunting movies at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. In the oil-boom town of Williston, N.D., desperate men arrive in search of work but find no housing available. The only place to go is the local Lutheran church, thanks to the pastor, Jay Reinke, who defies his parishioners and neighbors by letting these men sleep in the church or its parking lot. Alas, Pastor Reinke must deal with the troubles of the men he’s helping — broken families, drug problems, past crimes — and in so doing neglects his family. Director and one-man camera crew Jesse Moss follows Reinke in intimate scenes as the clergyman tries to keep his ministry and his life from falling apart. Every moment, including a surprise ending, will bring tears to your eyes.

-- Sean P. Means

"The Overnighters" has no more screenings scheduled for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Latest Sundance Videos

Latest Sundance Multimedia
Latest Sundance Multimedia
Latest Sundance Multimedia
Latest Sundance Multimedia
Latest Sundance Multimedia

  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.